Vaccines Required for School Attendance

Washington State Law includes immunizations requirements for School Attendance.
Please refer to the Washington State Department of Health website for current information.

Vaccines Required for School Attendence

20-21CertificateImmunizationStatusForm.pdf

Clallam County Health & Human Services provides low cost immunizations throughout the year. Call 360-417-2411 to schedule an appointment. Their website has information & a fee schedule.

Clallam County Health & Human Services


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  New 7th Grade Tdap Vaccination Rule 2020

In Washington State, the Tdap vaccine is required for school attendance in certain grades. The Tdap is a booster vaccine which continues to protect your child against the tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis diseases they were immunized against as young child.

Starting on August 1, 2020 the Tdap school requirement is changing to start at 7th grade to better align with the updated 2019 national immunization schedule (https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/hcp/imz/child-adolescent.html). In the past the Tdap booster was required starting at 6th grade.

For the 2020-2021 school year all students attending grades 7 through 12 must have had one dose of Tdap vaccine:

  • For students in 7th grade, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 10 to be accepted for school entry.
  • For students in 8th to 12th grades, the Tdap vaccine must be given at or after age 7 to be accepted for school entry.

To update your child’s Tdap immunization record at the school, you will need to turn in a medically verified immunization record. Your child’s health care provider can print this for you, or you can print it from MyIR, which is a free Department of Health online tool that allows families to view and print their official immunization records themselves. Go to https://wa.myir.net/register to begin the sign-up process.

If you have already let the school know that your child has had the required Tdap vaccine or your child has a valid exemption on file with their school, they will be unaffected by this rule change and you will not need to do anything.

To find out more about this change, or the other changes to immunization rules also happening this fall, please visit the Washington State Department of Health’s website at www.doh.wa.gov/schoolimms2020.



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MMR Vaccine Exemption Law Change 2019

In 2019, the Washington State Legislature passed a bill that removes the personal and philosophical option to exempt children from the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine required for school and child care entry. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee on May 10, 2019.

We know there is great interest in the effects of this law. The department is working on interpreting the new law. Once we know the scope of the final law, we will begin the form change process. At that point we will communicate with interested groups to share next steps.

This page contains quick information and resources on this change to school and child care immunization requirements. Find more detailed information in the Frequently Asked Questions. As more information becomes available, we will share it.

As we prepare for the new law to take effect, we’ll continue our work in helping parents and the public understand the safety record of vaccines and the critical role they have in saving lives.

Law Change Quick Facts

  • The new law will take effect July 28, 2019 and applies to public and private schools.
  • The law also requires employees and volunteers at child care centers to provide immunization records indicating they have received the MMR vaccine or proof of immunity.  
  • This law does not change religious and medical exemption laws. Children who have one of these types of exemptions on file are not affected by the new law.
  • Access your family’s immunization records if you need to check whether you or your child meets the MMR vaccine requirements.
  • This law will not affect most students. More than 9 out of 10 kindergartners in Washington are complete with both doses of MMR vaccine, and 96 percent of 6th graders have both doses. These students, along with those who have medical or religious exemptions, will notice no change from the new exemption law.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/Schools/Immunization/ExemptionLawChange