Documentation of all required immunizations must be submitted with the Allied Health Sterile Processing Technician Program application form to be considered for acceptance into the program. If immunizations expire, or new requirements are added while the student is in the program, the students must obtain the necessary immunizations and provide documentation at his or her own expense.
Acceptable documentation of proof of immunization may include:
- A signed letter from your physician or physician’s office
- A signed immunization record
- A copy of laboratory results demonstrating proof of immunity
- Tuberculosis (TB) PPD Testing: A one-time two step negative PPD test is required, 1-3 weeks apart. Or student can show proof of current negative PPD’s for three consecutive years. Students with a positive PPD must have a chest x-ray and provide documentation to the Allied Health Program office that demonstrates no active Tuberculosis, complete a QuantiFeron gold blood test showing negative results.
- Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap): Within the last 8 years. Td is not acceptable as this vaccine does not contain Pertussis.
- Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR): Documentation of 2 doses MMR vaccine or record of laboratory serology (titers) results proving immunity.
- Varicella (Chicken Pox): Student will be required to provide documentation of inoculation series (2 shots) or record of positive serology (titer) results.
- Hepatitis B (Hep B): Three injections are required over a six-month period. A titer may be done if the student believes they have had Hepatitis B vaccinations, but cannot find documentation. Sterile Processing Technician students must have documentation of all three injections in the application packet to be considered for acceptance. Any conditions to this rule will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Hepatitis A (Hep A): Currently not required, but strongly recommended for all health care professionals. Two injections are required. The second one must be at least 6 months after the first one.
- Current Year Seasonal Flu immunization: Many of the drug stores currently administer flu shots. Seasonal flu shots are usually administered from late September to May for the current seasonal flu season. This will be required prior to placement in externship rotation.
- Covid Immunization: Pfizer-two injections separated by 21 days, Moderna-two injections separated by 28 days, and Jannsen-1 injection. Full vaccination may require boosters as mandated by the CDC.
If immunization status is not kept current and documented in the student’s file, the student will not be allowed to participate in the laboratory courses or the clinical courses.
PROOF OF ADDITIONAL IMMUNIZATIONS MAY BE REQUESTED FOR ACCEPTANCE INTO THE PROGRAM AS REQUIRED BY THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE CDC, THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AND/OR ADOPTED BY THE INFECTION CONTROL DEPARTMENT OF THE CLINICAL SITE AFFILIATES.
This currently includes full COVID-19 vaccination, per Washington State Governor Mandate.