Vaccination for Research Personnel

  • Research Safety & Services
  • Occupational Safety & Risk Management
  • Facility Support Services
  • Vaccination Policy for Research Personnel

     Objective

    To provide guidance to the University of Florida research community regarding vaccination available for specific infectious agents used in research laboratories.

     Authority

    By authority delegated from the University President, the Vice-President for Business Affairs is responsible for the safety of all University facilities. Under this authority, policies are developed to provide a safe teaching, research, service, housing and recreational environment.

    Recommended Vaccines

    Personnel working in research laboratories with certain biological agents are at increased risk of exposure to those agents due to the nature of their work.  In order to minimize the risk of infection, vaccination against the agent in use is recommended.  Note that other UF departments and programs (Animal Contact, Veterinary Medicine) may have mandatory vaccinations required for enrollment/participation beyond EH&S’s requirement.

    Risk assessment and vaccine recommendations are done based on the agent, strain, transmission routes, procedural hazards and health risks to the individual and the community.  The Biosafety Office and/or Institutional Biosafety Committee will conduct the risk assessment during the Biohazard Project Registration review and recommend vaccines as appropriate.  Vaccinations are voluntary but if a vaccine recommendation is made, individuals are required to complete the Acceptance/Declination/Request for Additional Information Form.  Researchers may:

    1. Accept the vaccine.
    2. Decline the vaccine because they have previously been vaccinated and are current on any required booster doses. Official medical records indicating 1) the month and year of the vaccination(s)/booster(s) OR 2) laboratory evidence of immunity, must be provided to the UF Occupational Medicine. Provider for interpretation and verification.
    3. Decline the vaccine. General Counsel will be notified, and they will draft a waiver/release form that the individual must sign.
    4. Request consultation with UF Occupational Medicine and/or UF Infectious Disease Physicians.

    All vaccinations will be provided by UF Occupational Medicine Services according to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at recommended dosing schedules at no cost to the employee (department or PI is responsible for payment).

    Below is a list of infectious agents for which there is a vaccine available that is recommended to research personnel at risk for exposure.

    Infectious Agent Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
    Bacillus anthracis https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/anthrax.html
    Bordetella pertussis https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.html
    Clostridium tetani https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.html
    Corynebacterium diphtheriae https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.html
    Hepatitis A https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-a.html
    Hepatitis B* https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hep-b.html
    Human papilloma virus https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/hpv.html
    Influenza https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flu.html
    Japanese encephalitis virus https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/je-ixiaro.html
    Neisseria meningitidis https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening.html

    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening-serogroup.html

    Orthopoxviruses (monkeypox, vaccinia, etc.) https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/smallpox-monkeypox.html
    Poliovirus https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/ipv.html
    Rabies virus https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/rabies.html
    Streptococcus pneumoniae https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/ppv.html

    https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/pcv.html

    Salmonella typhi https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/typhoid.html
    SARS-CoV-2 https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/eua/index.html

    VIS not yet available

    Varicella virus https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/varicella.html
    Yellow fever virus https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/yf.html

     

    *As part of UF’s Bloodborne Pathogen program, you must document your decision to accept or decline the Hepatitis B vaccine using the UF Bloodborne Pathogen Training/Vaccination Form Acceptance/Declination Statement.  This acceptance/declination form needs to be submitted only once during your tenure at UF unless you originally decline vaccination and later decide to accept it.