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Click here for the COVID-19 Vaccination Page
Please Note: All TCHD School Immunization clinics are currently closed. Information about reopening for Fall 2021 will be posted and publicized when plans are complete  

Immunization Updates for School 2020-21

Many children need to receive vaccines during the summer to stay up-to-date and comply with school vaccination requirements.  The 2020-21 School Year New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/Attendance can be found at:

Non-medical exemptions from vaccination requirements have ended

Legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children was signed into law on June 13, 2019. Vaccination rates are too low in communities across New York State due to non-medical exemptions. Unvaccinated children who attend school may spread disease to other students, some of whom have medical exemptions from vaccination requirements. This new law will help protect the public during outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases.

  1. What did the new law do?
    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 either:
    • public, private, or parochial school (for students in pre-K through 12th grade), or
    • child day care settings.
  2. When did the law become effective?
    The law became effective on June 13, 2019.
  3. Where can I find the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Catch-Up immunization schedule?
    The ACIP catch-up immunization schedule is available by clicking here. (PDF download from the CDC website.)
    (Please note that the guidelines contain all ACIP recommended vaccines, including some that are not currently required for schools and child day care programs in NYS.)
  4. What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations for children attending school in September?
    The deadline for children attending school this fall,
    • for getting the first dose in each immunization series, or
    • for overdue follow-up doses if a child has received prior doses in the series
    is 14 days from the first day of school, or from enrollment in child day care.

    The deadline for showing that appointments have been scheduled for all required follow-up doses is 30 days from the first day of school or day care enrollment.
Additional information from the NYSDOH website (PDFs)

School books and an appleNew Requirements for all children entering 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th grades

  • All kids entering 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, and 12th grade must have the meningococcal vaccine. Without it, they cannot start school.

Updated School Immunization Regulations for NYS

  • School children are now mandated to be immunized with a complete series of all required vaccines — or be in the process of doing so — in order to attend classes. Under the current definition of “in process,” children who are not fully immunized can only continue to attend school or pre-K if they are in the process of completing their immunization according to the ACIP catch-up schedule. If children are following other immunization schedules that do not meet the intervals specified by the ACIP catch-up schedule, then they are no longer considered to be “in process” and must be excluded from school, if not otherwise exempt.
  • New York State Immunization Requirements for School Entrance/ Attendance (PDF download from NYSDOH website, page size 11"x17")

The Campaign to ImmuNYze all New Yorkers is an initiative of the County Health Officials of New York (NYSACHO), bringing together patients, parents, providers and campaign partners. Our goal: to heighten awareness of the need to immunize throughout life — from infancy through senior years — by offering reliable, science-based information on vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases.

For more information, visit the Campaign to ImmuNYze web site, or download brochures here: “Be Wise, Immunize!” and “Don’t Wait, Vaccinate!

General Vaccine and Immunization Information

New York State Funded Vaccine Programs at TCHD

Tompkins County offers New York State funded vaccines at our immunization clinic for eligible children and adults. At TCHD, we provide vaccines required for school as well as those recommended by the CDC. If you have a Primary Care Provider (PCP), contact them first for your immunization needs.

Vaccines for Children (VFC)

The VFC program offers state funded vaccines to eligible children less than 19 years of age. Your children may be eligible for VFC if they:

  • Are currently enrolled in Medicaid
  • Have Child Health Plus
  • Are Underinsured: your insurance does not cover the vaccine
  • Do not have insurance
  • Are Native American or Alaska Native

Recommended schedule for birth through age 18

Vaccine for Adults (VFA)

The VFA program offers state funded vaccines to eligible adults ages 19 and over. You may be eligible for VFA if you:

  • Are Underinsured: your insurance does not cover the vaccine
  • Do not have insurance
  • Are enrolled in college (MMR only)

College students of any age are eligible to receive the Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccine through the VFA program, regardless of insurance status.

Recommended schedule for adults

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TCHD Immunization Clinic — Currently closed due to COVID-19

  • If your child needs vaccines for the 2020-21 school year, please call Community Health Services at 607-274-6604.
  • If you have a primary care provider or pediatrician, please contact them to make an appointment for immunizations. 

Please provide a copy of your child’s immunization records!!

Vaccines available at TCHD immunization clinics: Currently unavailable due to COVID-19

Vaccine Information Statements (VIS)
VIS are factsheets produced by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) Each VIS explains to vaccine recipients, their parents, or their legal representatives both the benefits and risks of a vaccine. At any TCHD clinic, you will be provided with the specific VIS for the vaccine or vaccines you or your child are about to receive. You will also be given time to review it before the vaccine is administered.

What to do after the shots

For more information on what to do if your child has discomfort after the shots, click here (PDF, 69K).
Additional resources for parents are available from the Immunization Action Coalition (

Also from the Immunization Action Coalition: Clear Answers & Smart Advice about Your Baby’s Shots.

For more information on Flu shots, Rabies shots, MOMs program, Anonymous HIV counseling and testing clinics, Lead poisoning &prevention, Maternal child home visits, Ticks and Communicable Control see the Community Health Services page

Learn how you can help your community stay healthy:
How everyone benefits from vaccination.

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