As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend Public, private or parochial school (for students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade), or  Child daycare settings. 

School Immunization Requirements Effective date: 8/16/19-Emergency regulations to conform to recent amendments to the Public Health Law (8/2019)- Contains updated language to reflect changes in Immunization Law. (8/16/2019)


NYSDOH|OCFS|NYSED Statement and FAQs on Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemption from School Vaccination Requirements  This link takes you directly to the NYSED webpage where you will find the two FAQS below)

June 18, 2019 - Frequently Asked Questions About Legislation Removing Non-Medical Exemptions from School Vaccination Requirements 

July 19, 2019 - VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO ALL STUDENTS- Follow-Up to 6/18/19 FAQs About Vaccination Requirements 

August 16, 2019 - Additional Guidance About Vaccination Requirements FAQs and Emergency regulations to conform to recent amendments to the Public Health Law (8/19/19)  

NYSED Guideline: Immunization Guidelines For Schools 2014
The Guideline is currently under revision to reflect amendment which repealed religious exemptions for immunizations for school attendance. Updated 6/2018. Provides guidance for implementing an effective school immunization program. It is intended for both public and non-public schools.

Polio Serology Letter to Schools - letter sent to clarify the use of serologic testing to document polio immunity to meet school immunization requirements (6/8/2017)

Public Health and Education Laws Regarding State Requirements for Vaccinations. Reviews the obligation of schools with specific reference to the measles outbreak. (NYSDOH Memo, 2/9/15)

Immunization Certificates for High School Graduates.  Encourages high schools to forward a copy of the student’s immunization certificate at the same time the final transcripts are sent to the college or university, as well as provide a copy to graduates to assist them in gaining employment or pursuing higher education at a later date. (NYSED memo,11/2011)  

Click here to view NYSDOH information regarding what constitutes a Certificate of Immunization Information from the Post Secondary Immunization Handbook on the NYSDOH website. 

Influenza Vaccine Education Amendment - Amendment to public health law (PHL) section § 613 which directs the NYSDOH Commissioner of Health to provide families of children 6 months -18 years of age who attend certain child-care settings, public schools and nonpublic schools with educational materials on influenza and the benefits of influenza immunizations. (NYSED Memo, 9/2016)

Letter to Superintendents Regarding Noncompliance with Immunization Requirements for School Entry.  Outlines the penalties which may be imposed upon a district for noncompliance with immunization requirements for school entry. Per NYSDOH this letter remains current for the 2017-2018 school year. (NYSDOH Letter, 12/2016)

Proposed Amendment to Section 64.7 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Execution by Registered Professional Nurses of Non-Patient Specific Orders to Administer Immunizations Commissioner's Regulation section 64.7(a) effective June 4, 2019, permits an RN to follow a nonpatient specific order to administer immunizing agents. Such RN must be certified in CPR and ensure that anaphylactic agents, syringes, and needles are available at the location where the immunizing agents are being administered. (NYSED Memo, 5/23/2019)

Provisions of Law Concerning the Administration of Immunizations & Anaphylactic Agents by Registered Professional Nurses Utilizing Non-Patient Specific Orders & Protocols (NYSED Memo, 2/2001)

Retention Requirements for Student Immunization Records.  Provides guidance for transfer and retention of immunization records. (NYSDOH Memo, 5/2007)

Updated 8/20/19