Vaccinations for Students
Make sure your child is up-to-date on their required shots, including COVID-19!
DC Public Schools works closely with DC Health to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and community. District law and regulations require all schools to ensure students are fully immunized to attend school, and we know that childhood immunizations are critical to keeping our community safe.
Now is the time for families to schedule an annual wellness visit with your child’s doctor or attend a neighborhood or school-based vaccine clinic.
New for the 2022-2023 School Year, all students ages 12 and older are required to have the COVID-19 vaccine to attend school.
If you need a COVID-19 vaccine or booster, visit your local COVID Center.
Put Vaccines on Your-Back-to-School List
To attend school, families are required to submit their student’s up-to-date immunization record by the first day of school. Vaccinations are critical for preventing disease and reducing the dangers that can come with being exposed to certain diseases. You can find a list of required immunizations for your child according to their age by viewing this helpful flyer from DC Health.
If you have not already submitted your child’s immunization records to your school:
- Make an appointment with your child’s doctor. DC offers resources to help you find a health provider if you do not have health insurance.
- Have the doctor complete DC’s Universal Health Certificate, available here. Your health provider may also provide a different proof of immunization document or an exemption explanation.
- Submit your immunization paperwork to your child’s school. You can drop it off at your school or call the school’s main office if you have questions about how to submit your form.
Where to Obtain a Vaccine
The best place for DC families to access childhood immunizations is at their primary medical provider. If a family does not have a health care provider for their child or has difficulty securing an appointment before the first day of school, they can select one from a list of pediatric locations, located in every ward.
There are DCPS School Based Health Centers to consider on that list, and mobile units that will visit schools through August and September. Click here to view the mobile clinic locations and to make an appointment.
Vaccine Clinics at DCPS Locations
SCHOOL BASED HEALTH CENTERS
Open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Call to make an appointment, or click here to book online.
1601 16th Street, SE
3401 4th Street, SE
1200 Clifton Street, NW
6315 5th Street, NW
101 N Street, NW
4301 13th Street, NW
HD Woodson HS
540 55th Street, NE
DC HEALTH MOBILE CLINICS AT DCPS LOCATIONS
Appointments available from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Click here to book online.
|8/3 Barnard ES |
(430 Decatur St NW)
|8/9 Eastern HS|
(1700 East Capitol St NE)
|8/10 HD Cooke ES|
(2525 17th St NW
|8/11 Hardy MS|
(1819 35th St NW)
|8/16 Kelly Miller MS |
(301 49th St NE)
8/16 Stanton ES
(2701 Naylor Rd SE)
|8/18 Duke Ellington HS|
(3500 R St NW)
|8/23 McKinley Tech HS|
(151 T St NE)
|8/24 Brookland MS|
(1150 Michigan Ave NE)
|9/1 Excel Academy|
(2501 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE)
|9/13 Walker Jones EC |
(1125 New Jersey Ave NW)
|9/22 School Without Walls Francis Stevens |
(2425 N St NW)
|9/27 Banneker HS |
(1600 9th St NW)
Additional Resources for Families
DC Health promotes health, wellness and equity, across the District, and protects the safety of residents, visitors and those doing business in our Nation’s Capital. One of many ways this mission is achieved is by protecting against vaccine preventable diseases.
Infants and Children 6 months – 4 years can get vaccinated. The vaccine is safe, effective and lowers the chance of infants and children getting and spreading COVID-19. Infants and children will receive a smaller dose of either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine than what adults receive.
Follow this link to download the Universal Health Certificate and Oral Health Assessment Form, as well as access medical or religious exemption forms.
Page updated: July 25, 2022