PARENTS: NYS School Vaccination Requirements Have Changed

  • Nonmedical exemptions to school vaccination requirements have ended for children in Prekindergarten through 12th grade in New York State. This includes all public, private, and religious schools. Religious exemptions are no longer allowed. 

  • Important Information

    Additional Frequently Asked Questions About School Vaccination Requirements

    Vaccination Requirements Applicable to All Students FAQ 

    Immunization Requirements 

    Requisitos de vacunación

    EVIDENCE OF IMMUNIZATIONS & PHYSICAL

    In accordance with New York State Public Health Law, you must provide the District with a certificate of immunization or other acceptable evidence of your child’s immunization in accordance with New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance as established by New York State’s Department of Health, Bureau of Immunization.

    Such proof is necessary to ensure your child’s attendance in school. Your child shall not be permitted to attend school in excess of fourteen (14) days without either a certificate of immunization or other acceptable evidence of your child’s immunization.

    Additionally, as mandated by New York State, within thirty (30) days of your child’s entrance into the District, you must provide the District with a record and/or certificate of your child’s recent health examination. Such examination must be conducted by a duly licensed physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner and be completed no more than twelve months prior to the first day of entrance into a school.

    IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED

    • Diphtheria, Tetanus toxoid with Pertussis vaccine (DTP. DTaP, Tdap, Td), 4 or more doses for PreK and above
    • Tdap Vaccine is mandated for students 11 years or older in grades 6-12
    • Trivalent Polio vaccine (IPV, OPV), 3 or more doses for PreK and above
    • First dose of Measles, Mumps, Rubella, (MMR) vaccine(s), given after 12 months of age
    • Second dose of MMR, mandated for Kindergarten and above
    • Haemophilus Influenza Type B vaccine (Hib), 1-4 doses prior to entering PreK
    • Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV), 1-4 doses prior to entering PreK
    • Hepatitis B, 3 doses, mandated for all students PreK and above
    • Varicella Vaccine mandated for all students PreK and above
    • Varicella Vaccine #2 mandated for students in Kindergarten, grades 1-4 and 6-10.
    • Meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) mandated for students in grades 7-10 and second dose required for 12th grade.
    • Proof of adequate immunization must include dates of inoculation on a stamped physician certificate.

    Immunizations may be obtained from a private physician or the Westchester County Health Department (FREE OF CHARGE) by making an appointment at Westchester County Health Department - YonkersDistrict Office, 20 South Broadway, 2nd Floor, Yonkers, NY 10701 – (914) 231-2500.

Free Vaccination Clinics

  • Westchester County Department of Health

    Yonkers Clinic
    20 South Broadway, 2nd floor
    Yonkers, NY
    Appointments required. Call 914-231-2500.

    White Plains Clinic
    134 Court Street
    White Plains, NY
    Appointments required. Call 914-995-5800.

Immunization Forms