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    Immunization Record Changes for Fall 2020
    Posted on 06/25/2020

    Immunization Record Changes for Fall 2020

    Starting August 1, 2020, Washington state school immunization rules are changing.

    For families and students this change means:

    • Student vaccine records given to schools must be medically verified.
    • All students in 7th through 12th grades are required to get a Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine. Before this change, Tdap was required for incoming 6th-grade students.

    This fall, Seattle Public Schools Health Services team will contact families of students who have records that have not yet met these requirements.

    How to Get Your Child's Records

    Please check that your child's vaccine records, including Tdap, are listed in the Washington state Immunization Registry.

    If your child's healthcare provider does not update the Washington State Immunization Registry, please email a copy of your child's medical immunization records to Immunizations@seattleschools.org or submit an exemption.

    Learn more about how to get your child's record on the Washington State Department of Health website.

    About Exemptions

    Exemption letters previously submitted to Seattle Public Schools are still valid. For information and forms, visit the Washington State Department of Health website.

    How to Get Vaccines

    Your child's healthcare provider or local pharmacies can provide vaccines. During the COVID-19 pandemic, please consult with your healthcare provider about how to safely meet this requirement.

    To find out more about this change and the other changes to vaccine rules, please contact your school nurse or visit the Washington State Department of Health's website.