NYSDOH has released the 2020-2021 Immunization Requirements for
School Entrance and Attendance Chart
Immunization Requirements fall under NYSDOH Public Health Laws. Please contact the NYSDOH with any questions regarding Immunization requirements or the chart for the 2020-2021 school year. 
NYSDOH Immunization School Assessment and Compliance Unit: 518-474-1944 Email:

Per Rosamaria Figliomeni-Albanese, MPA, Director, NYSDOH School Assessment and Compliance Unit:
At this time, the NYSDOH is not issuing exceptions for immunizations because of COVID-19. The Department's stance continues to be that students missing vaccine doses for any reason must comply with Public Health Law Section 2164 requirements.   Children entering or attending school in New York State, including summer school and distance learning, must comply with said requirements.

View NYSDOH Information on Immunizations 

NYSED Guidelines|Memos- Currently Under Revision

NYSDOH Immunization Chart and FAQs new

Note these changes which are detailed in the NYSDOH 2020-21 Immunization FAQs:
In the 2020-2021 school year, only doses of DTaP inadvertently received at 10 years of age or older will satisfy the Tdap requirement for students in grade 6; however, doses of DTaP received at age 7 years or older will satisfy the requirement for students in grades 7 through 12. The minimum age for the Tdap adolescent booster dose will roll out over additional grades in the coming years. However, DTaP should not be intentionally given to a child on or after 7 years of age.

In the 2020-2021 school year, the minimum age for the first dose of meningococcal conjugate vaccine for grade 7 is age 10 and for grades 8 through 11, the minimum age is 6 weeks. The recommended age for most healthy teens is 11 through 12 years of age. The Immunization School Survey Booklet 2020-21 Questions and Answers Page 12 minimum age for MenACWY vaccine will roll out over additional grades in the coming years.

NYSCSH Resources to Implement Immunization Requirements

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

NYSDOH Medical Exemption Resources and Forms-External Link to NYSDOH Resources
The NYSDOH Child Care Programs, Schools and Post-Secondary Institutions page contains multiple resources to assist schools. They include Notification to Providers Regarding Medical Exemptions, Guidance on Immunization-Related Medical Exemptions for School-Aged Children, Medical Exemption Statement for Children 0-18 years of Age Fillable Form, Medical Exemption Review Procedures for Schools Outside New York City and for Non-public Schools in New York City and List of Susceptible Students Sample Templates.(Updated 6/28/2020)

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 7/12/2020