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Health and Wellness Services

The mission of Health and Wellness Services is to provide health education, prevention, and health promotion services and activities in response to the changing needs and concerns of our students.

Coronavirus Update
St. Thomas Aquinas College continues to actively monitor the spread of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and evaluate the potential impact on our community. The well-being of our students, faculty, staff, campus visitors, and their families remains our top priority. Read more>

STAC students (both residents and commuters) and employees are strongly encouraged to submit their COVID-19 Vaccination Documentation Forms to the College. 


Students are encouraged to visit Health and Wellness Services for illness assessment, coordination of medical resources, health counseling, health education, and community referrals. Health and Wellness Services is a source of confidential health care and a wellness resource center for all students. The Office is open during the academic year and staffed by a full-time registered nurse.

Walk-Ins are welcome at the Health and Wellness Services Office located in McNelis Commons, 2B.


RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website
Flu Prevention Information
New York Department of Health Website
Urgent Care Centers
STAC Telehealth


IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

New York State Public Health Law 2165 requires that full and part-time students submit proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella within thirty (30) days of beginning classes. New York State Public Health Law 2167 requires that ALL college students either receive the vaccination against Meningococcal meningitis or acknowledge that they have been made aware of the risks and have chosen not to be vaccinated.


HEALTH FORMS FOR STUDENTS TO COMPLETE

Please visit the Medicat portal to submit your health forms. You will need to access Medicat by using your STAC email account. Once you access the portal through the link, you will be instructed to register and create an account.
 

Student Health Requirements

Health Services is committed to assist you in achieving optimal wellness and academic success! All incoming students are required to complete mandatory health requirements as you join the St. Thomas Aquinas College community.

UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE STUDENTS
(Taking 6 or more credits per semester)

Step 1: Submit your Immunization Records
St. Thomas Aquinas College is mandated to comply with New York State Department of Health Public Health Laws regarding immunizations requirements for attendance at post-secondary institutions. 
If you do not submit your immunization documentation, a registration hold will be placed on your account.

Step 2: Submit your Completed Health Forms
The following forms, found on the Medicat Portal, must be completed prior to orientation and the start of classes:


Medicat Portal

Submit all documentation and forms to Health Services online through the Medicat Portal. Contact Health Services at [email protected] or 845-398-4242 with any questions or concerns.

Please retain copies of all documentation submitted for your record.

Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR)

As per New York State Public Health Law 2165, all undergraduate and graduate students, including visiting students, born on or after January 1, 1957, enrolled for 6 or more credits must provide the College with documentation of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Documentation can be through proof of vaccine history, documented history or illness, or immunity proven by serologic testing.

Vaccine History
Provide a certificate of immunization verifying the date of the disease, or the administered measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines. This includes documents such as:


All immunizations must have been given no more than 4 days prior to the student's first birthday:


Documented History of Illness
If diagnosed by a physician or nurse practitioner, a history of having had measles and/or mumps is acceptable proof of immunity. The physician or nurse practitioner must enter the dates of initial diagnosis.

Immunity Proven by Serologic Testing
Blood antibody titer, a blood test, may be used to indicate immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella. Please submit the original dated laboratory report. This report must include laboratory name, the student's name and date of birth, the numerical result(s), and the numerical interpretation ranges.

Meningitis

New York State Law 2167 requires institutions, including colleges and universities, to distribute information about meningococcal disease and vaccination to all students-undergraduate, graduate and visiting-meeting the enrollment criteria, whether they live on or off campus.

St. Thomas Aquinas College adheres to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding meningitis and students living in residence halls, and requires all students who will be living in a residence hall be immunized prior to move-in day. See CDC information on meningococcal.

COVID-19

Submit your most recent COVID vaccination records to www.stac.edu/COVID as soon as possible and whenever you receive any additional doses.

Exemptions for Immunization Requirements

Medical Exemption
A student with a health condition for which receiving a specific vaccine is contraindicated, a licensed physician or nurse practitioner must document the student's condition for which immunization may be detrimental and length of time immunization may be detrimental for.

In the event of an outbreak, medically exempt individuals will be excluded from classes and on-campus for their protection.

Religious Exemption
A student who holds genuine and sincere religious beliefs which are contrary to the practice of immunization must submit their request for exemption in writing. The request must be signed by the student if 18 years or older or by the parent or guardian if the student is under the age of 18. Iona University has the right to request supporting documents be submitted for religious exemptions.

In the event of an outbreak, religious exempt individuals will be excluded from classes and on-campus for their protection.

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

St. Thomas Aquinas College is mandated to comply with New York State Department of Health Public Health Laws regarding immunizations requirements for attendance at post-secondary institutions.