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NYSDOH Public Health Law and School Immunization Requirements

NYSED Guidelines|Memos

The NYSED Immunization Guidelines are currently under revision. On 6/13/19, an amendment to public health law section 2164 passed which eliminates the exemption from vaccinations due to religious beliefs for school attendance. We do not have any information at this time. The NYS Education Department is working with the NYS Department of Health to provide additional information,  which will be shared on our website and through our email system. If you are not on our email system, you can sign up on the main page of our website.

NYSDOH Immunization Requirements Charts and Resources for 2019-2020

2019-20 Immunization Requirements for School Attendance Chart NYSDOH (3/2019)

2019-20 Sample Letters and Notifications are available on the Sample|Froms|Notifications page 

ACIP Immunization Catch Up Schedule (2/2019)

NYSDOH Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement FAQs and Flyer (5/2019)

2013-14 Pre-K-12 NYS Immunization Requirements Chart for School Entrance/Attendance
Use this chart for students who are in grade 12 during the 2019-20 school year. They do not need to be assessed for Hepatitis B intervals. 

NYSCSH Resources to Implement Immunization Requirements

NYSCSH Know the Facts Before You Act- Information from the NYSCSH regarding immunization requirements. (9/21/2018) 

NYSCSH Chronological Grade Level Chart 2019-2020 for the chronological grade level in ungraded classes (3/2019)

NYSCSH 2019-2020 Key Facts Regarding Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance (6/2019)

NYSCSH Sample Notification Letters of Immunization Requirements to Parents by Grade Level 

Exemptions to Immunizations Resources

NYSDOH resources and forms on medical exemptions. Includes Dear Colleague letter regarding guidelines for use of immunization-related medical exemptions for school-aged children

General Best Practice Guidelines for Immunization: Best Practices Guidance of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

Immunization Action Coalition Guide to Contraindications and  Precautions for Commonly Used Vaccines

FAQs - Immunizations - General | Vaccine Specific|Religious Exemption Repeal|NYSDOH Immunization Survey Booklet FAQs

Information on assessment, audits, exclusions, exemptions, timing, intervals/grace periods and vaccine-specific information

Letters to Schools and Providers

Letter to Superintendent/Principal/School Nurse Regarding Public Health Law 2164(7)(a) Updated 12/2016 Note: This is the most current letter available.

Record Keeping and Retention, Vaccine Storage, ACIP and current Immunization data statistics for your school/county and Handbook for Post-Secondary Institutions

Refugee/Homeless Children, Children Affected by Natural Disasters

information on 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

Immunization Registries: NYSIIS (NYS) and NYCIR NYC) New York State Department of Health Registries Online immunization 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

NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization - Regional Field Offices Contact Information (6/2015) 
NYSDOH Immunization School Assessment and Compliance Unit: 518-474-1944 Email:
NYSDOH Bureau of Immunization email:

NYC primary/secondary schools, Head Start programs, nursery schools and day care should direct questions to the NYC Department of and Mental Hygiene at 347-396-2433.

More Resources available on here the Vaccines Page.

Page last updated on 6/26/19