On June 13, 2019, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for school age children. This means that, effective immediately, religious exemptions for immunizations are no longer valid for current or incoming students. Therefore, a child must obtain the required immunizations in order to attend school.
All current religious exemption students have been notified by phone and letter that they must receive the first dose in each immunization series and provide a certificate of immunization or proof from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant by June 28, 2019, to remain in school. Furthermore, by July 14, 2019, the parents and guardians of such children must show proof to the school district that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadline for incoming Kindergarten students with religious exemption will be Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
It is important to note that children will not be permitted to attend school in September without the required immunizations.
The required immunizations can be obtained from either your family healthcare provider or the Monroe County Health Department located at 111 Westfall Road, Rochester, NY 14620. They may be reached by phone for information on hours of operation at 585-753-5150. The exact date each immunization was given must be included in the record provided to the school. The chart detailing the required immunizations may be accessed at rhnet.org/immunizations.
Your immunization records, along with required proof of scheduled follow-up appointments, must be submitted to your school’s main office by July 14, 2019.
If you have questions or concerns about immunizations, please contact your healthcare provider. For more information about the vaccination schedule and a catch-up immunization schedule, visit the Centers for Disease Control website here.