Blended Learning Resources for Parents
New School-Based Immunization Locations for All Families
August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Throughout the month of August, families should be reminded to get back on track with routine pediatric immunizations. To prevent the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, all students must have up-to-date pediatric immunization certification on file with their school. Beginning on the first day of the 21-22 school year, schools should notify any remaining non-compliant families that they must submit immunization certification within 20 school days or they will not be allowed to attend school until the immunization certification is secured by the school.
Students and families are encouraged to secure appointments now with their primary care physician, who will know their health history best and can support them with a full well-child visit. Families with students age 3 and older are now able to to schedule routine childhood immunization appointments through vaccinate.dc.gov.
OSSE has also updated the Immunization Attendance Policy and accompanying resources to support schools and families with understanding and meeting the requirements for pediatric immunizations. Access all the resources, including one-pagers and FAQs for families, on the OSSE website. The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently required for students.
For questions about the Immunization Attendance Policy, contact osse.schoolhealth@dc.