District of Columbia School Immunization Policy

All DC students must be up to date on their immunizations before next school year!
The District of Columbia follows the immunization schedule recommended by the federal Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). As soon as children are old enough that a vaccine is recommended, that vaccine is considered “due”.

Once a student is due for a vaccine, that student will be considered non-compliant with DC’s school immunization mandate. DC Health and the Office of the State Superintendent for Education. (OSSE) will no longer differentiate between “due” and “overdue” in the determination of compliance.

Remaining compliant with vaccinations is required in all grades. However, in the 2023–24 school year, students who are not compliant with immunization requirements will be excluded from school only if they are in one of these four grades:

  • PreK3
  • Kindergarten
  • 7th Grade
  • 11th Grade

Schedule Your Child's Annual Wellness Visit

Schedule your child’s annual wellness visit today, and ask your healthcare provider to complete the Universal Health Certificate. If your child receives an immunization during the visit, ask for written proof of the immunization that you can share with your school.

Make Sure Your Child has Received all of Their Immunizations

Not sure if your child has received all of their required immunizations? Ask your primary care provider, and request a copy of your child’s immunization history to share with your school.

Submit Immunization Documents to your School

Submit the Universal Health Certificate and any other immunization documents to your child’s school to guarantee they are ready for next school year. Not sure if your child’s school has all the immunization documents they need? Call the school and ask today!

Immunization Policy Resources