Updates to Immunization Requirements for the 2019-2020 School Year

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As of June 13, 2019, public, private and parochial schools and child care programs in New York can no longer accept requests for religious exemptions from school immunization requirements. This law applies to students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and to all child care settings. Schools and child care programs will continue to accept medical exemptions. 


Children who had a religious exemption and who will be returning in the 2019-20 school year must meet immunization requirements in order to attend school. Children who have not received all required immunizations must receive the first dose in each immunization series within 14 calendar days after the first day of school or enrollment in child care. Within 30 calendar days of the first day of school, parents or guardians of such children will also need to show that they have scheduled appointments for all follow-up doses.


A list of the new school immunization requirements for the 2019-20 school year is summarized below.



All students in child care through grade 12 must meet the requirements for the following vaccines:

• DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis or whooping cough)

• Poliovirus

• MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella)

• Varicella (chickenpox)

• Hepatitis B


Children under age 5 who are enrolled in child care and pre-kindergarten must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

• Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b)

• PCV (pneumococcal disease)

• Influenza (flu): Children must receive the flu vaccine by December 31, 2019


Children in grades 6 through 12 must also meet the requirements for these vaccines:

• Tdap booster (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis)

• MenACWY (meningococcal disease)

Please review your child’s immunization history with their health care provider. Their provider can tell you whether additional doses of one or more vaccines are required for your child to attend or remain in school. Visit schools.nyc.gov and search for “immunizations” for a full list of required vaccines. If it is not possible for your child to receive their vaccines from their health care provider, the Department of Health has one walk-in immunization clinic (www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/services/immunization-clinics.page). If you have questions about these requirements, please contact the main office.