Immunization Requirements fall under NYSDOH Public Health Laws.
Please use the NYSDOH Help-Line located at the bottom of this page to obtain the most current information.
 New or updated information is indicated in red.
On 10/4/19 a new FAQ was added to the 3 previous FAQS related to Public Health Law section 2164 (Immunizations) 
The FAQs address the majority of the questions being received by the Center.  Each FAQ contains different information. 
Both the emergency and current regulations need to be reviewed in order to understand the requirements.

NYSED Guidelines|Memos- Currently Under Revision

NYSCSH Resources to Implement Immunization Requirements

 NYSDOH Public Health Law 2164 and Rules and Regulations Subpart 66-1.1-61.10

NYS Public Health Law Section 2164 and New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Title 10, Subpart 66-1 requires every student entering or attending public, private or parochial school in New York State (NYS) to be immune to diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, measles, mumps, rubella, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, varicella and meningococcal in accordance with Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommendations. In the 2019-20 school year, meningococcal immunization is required for grades 7, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

Note: Schools must provide parents/guardians of excluded students with information on how to obtain immunizations at their local health department. If the health department staff tell parents that they cannot provide required immunizations for students, please instruct parents call back and ask for the Immunization Coordinator. If the Immunization Coordinator is unable to assist them or is not reachable, parents/guardians should contact the NYS Department of Health Bureau of Immunization at 518-474-1944 or email them at and provide their name and contact info. The NYSDOH will follow up with the local health department.

NYSDOH 2019-20 Immunization Requirements for School Attendance Chart

NYSDOH Medical Exemption Resources and Forms-External Link to NYSDOH Resources (Updated 8/21/2019)


Refugee/Homeless Children, Children Affected by Natural Disasters

McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Axt, Refugee Act and Children with information on page 4 applicable to school health and Children Displaced by Natural Disasters- Hurricanes (Updated 11/2017) 

Registries for NYS and NYC Immunization

NYSIIS (NYS) and NYCIR NYC) New York State Department of Health Registries online database with immunization records for persons of all ages in NYS outside of NYC. CIR is the online database for New York City. 

Resources to Get Help

Additional resources are available on the NYSCH Vaccines Page.

Page last updated on 10/1/19