Required Immunizations*

All WSU Pullman students are required to provide documentation of:  

  • 2 doses of MMR immunization or immunity to measles, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control guidelines. For students born after December 31, 1956.  
  • COVID- 19. A student must be fully vaccinated, meaning they received all recommended doses in their primary series of COVID-19 vaccine. *
    • *Students on any WSU campus location need to provide documentation of COVID vaccination or request an exemption.

NOTICE: It is illegal to submit fraudulent or counterfeit vaccination records under WAC 504-26-202

*Immunization requirements are changing for students admitted to WSU for the Fall 2023 Semester. See details here. 


Upload Proof of Vaccination 

If you were vaccinated in the state of Washington, view instructions for downloading your immunization records. 

To upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination: 

  1. Log into your Patient Portal. 
  2. Click the “Enter my COVID-19 Vaccine Information” button at the top of the screen. 
  3. Upload a photo of your COVID-19 vaccine card or record AND type in your vaccination information in the designated area. 
  4. You’re done! Once you have completed these steps, there is nothing more to do.  

To upload proof of measles (MMR) vaccination: 

  1. Log into your Patient Portal. 
  2. Click “Immunizations” in the left-hand menu. 
  3. Click “Add immunization record OR exemption information….” 
  4. Upload immunization record. 

Exemptions 

You only need to file an exemption if you are not getting vaccinated. If you file an exemption and later decide to get a vaccine, you can follow the steps above to submit your proof of vaccination. 

File Medical Exemption 

To file a medical exemption to the COVID-19 and/or MMR requirement: 

  1. Log into your Patient Portal. 
  2. Click “Immunizations” in the left-hand menu. 
  3. Click “Add immunization record OR exemption information….” 
  4. Upload letter/documentation from a licensed healthcare provider detailing your need for a medical exemption. 
  5. After you upload your documentation, it will be reviewed by Cougar Health Services staff. Cougar Health Services will contact you if there are any issues with your uploaded documentation. 
  6. Within two (2) business days you will receive an exemption form in your Patient Portal 
  7. Log into your Patient Portal. 
  8. To access the form, click “Consent Forms” in the left menu. 
  9. You must fill this form out to be compliant with WSU’s vaccination requirement and have your vaccination registration hold removed. 

Request Religious Exemption 

To request a religious exemption to the COVID-19 and/or MMR requirement: 

  1. Complete the Vaccination Educational Module. At the end of the module, you will be asked a series of questions regarding your sincerely held religious belief. 
  2. Cougar Health Services does not approve or deny requests for religious exemptions. Your completed form will be sent for review by an independent committee. All personally identifiable information will be removed prior to review. Submit your requests as soon as possible. Reviews will likely take up to three (3) weeks after your exemption request is received.This may impact your ability to register for classes. 
  3. Approval or denial of your exemption will be emailed to your WSU email address. Approved exemptions/accommodations will also be shared with Cougar Health Services for compliance and record-keeping purposes. Student employees will also have results shared with Human Resource Services to meet Proclamation 21-14.1. 
  4. If approved, you will receive a consent form in your Patient Portal (within 3 business days of approval). 
  5. Click “Consent Forms” in the left-hand menu. 
  6. Complete the ‘’Request for Immunization Exemption” form 
  7. If denied, you will need to schedule an appointment to get a vaccine or provide documentation for a medical exemption. You will also be provided information about how to appeal this decision. 

Cougar Health Services is only maintaining documentation of religious exemptions for compliance purposes. Questions related to the religious exemption process should be sent to vaccine.exemption@wsu.edu. 

All steps must be completed to be compliant with WSU’s vaccination requirement and have your vaccination registration hold removed. It may take up to 3 business days for your account to show your approved exemption and to be marked compliant. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When do I submit proof of vaccination?

    Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit documentation prior to New Coug Orientation or the beginning of their first semester.  

    Graduate students are encouraged to submit documentation prior to arriving on campus. 

  • What do I need to submit proof of COVID vaccination?

    You will need to upload a photo of your vaccination card to your Patient Portal (a photo taken on your phone is fine). You will also need to type your vaccine information in the designated area. 

  • What do I need to submit proof of measles vaccination or immunity?

    You will need to complete the measles immunization form and upload it, along with copies of your records, to your Patient Portal. 

    Proof of measles immunity means documentation that you have had one of the following: 

    • Two doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine received after one year of age and at least one month apart, or 
    • A blood test showing measles immunity, or 
    • Diagnosed measles disease (health care provider’s signature required) 
    • We accept any of the following documents as proof of measles immunity: 
    • School Certificate of Immunization, or 
    • Immunization records from your healthcare provider or public health department, or 
    • Copy of your immunization card, or 
    • Copy of your military immunization record 
  • Where can I find proof of measles immunity or vaccination?

    If you received measles immunizations in the past but don’t have documentation, try contacting these sources to get a copy of your health record: 

    • Your family doctor 
    • Your high school 
    • The public health department responsible for the area where you received the vaccine 

    If you aren’t able to find documentation of the vaccinations you received from any of these sources, you can get a blood test called a Rubeola titer to prove you are immune. You can get a Rubeola titer from your health care provider, the public health department, or our medical clinic. 

    You can schedule an appointment in our clinic online using the Patient Portal or by phone at 509-335-3575. 

  • What happens if I do not submit documentation?

    You will not be able to register for classes, and a hold will be placed on your student account. If you do not complete these steps, it may impact your ability to participate in campus events. The university may impose further restrictions in the interest of maintaining public health until you have complied with the vaccine requirement.  

  • How to submit/check status of my submission?
    1. Go to  https://cougarhealth.wsu.edu/ and click on Patient Portal 
    1. Login with your WSU Student email and password 
    1. Click on Medical Clearances 

    To upload a new record: 

    1. Click the Update button connected with Immunizations 
    1. Click the Green Upload Button (They can click the black box that says show Uploaded Documents to see what they have uploaded) 
    1. Add the document and click Save 
    1. Verify the document by clicking Looks Good 
    1. A Message Saying Success will appear in Green 
  • Why do I have a COVID registration hold, and what do I do?

    Students who have not turned in proof of COVID and/or MMR vaccination will have a hold placed on their student account and won’t be able to register for classes. 

    If you have a vaccine registration hold, submit your proof of vaccination as soon as possible. You can upload your documentation to your Patient Portal. 

    For MMR vaccination, you will need to complete the measles immunization form and send it, along with copies of your records, by email, mail, or fax according to the instructions on the form. (Adobe Acrobat reader is required to view the form. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.) 

    We will remove the hold on your account once we receive and process your documents. 

  • How long does it take for my record to be updated?

    If you have submitted vaccine records or submitted a medical exemption, it may take up to 2-3 business days to be reflected in the patient portal 

    Religious exemption requests take longer to process and may take up to a month to be reflected on your account.  

  • Where can I get vaccinated?

    You can receive your COVID-19 shot at CHS or in the community. Appointments are required for vaccination at CHS; you can schedule an appointment by logging in to your Patient Portal. Please bring your CougarCard or other identification to your appointment.  

    You can receive your MMR vaccine from your health care provider, the public health department, or our medical clinic. To schedule an appointment in our clinic, use the Patient Portal or call 509-335-3575. Please bring your CougarCard or other identification to your appointment. 

  • What should I do if I think I have measles?

    If you have measles symptoms, CALL US RIGHT AWAY at 509-335-3575. Symptoms can include:

    • High fever (possibly more that 104° F)
    • Cough
    • Runny nose
    • Red, watery eyes

    Measles is very contagious and you could give it to someone in a waiting room, so it’s important to consult with a provider or nurse at the clinic before coming in. Do not just come to the clinic if you have measles symptoms.  

    If you need to come to the clinic, a provider or nurse will give you instructions for what to do so that you don’t spread measles. 

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*Students must either be vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious exemption on file.