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Required Vaccines for DCPS Students to Return to School


For the 2022-2023 school year, all Washington, D.C., public and charter school (DCPS) students will need to be up-to-date on their general childhood vaccines.

A teen boy receives a vaccine administered by a health care provider at Children's National.All students attending D.C. public and charter schools are required to have up-to-date immunization certification on file with their school within the first 20 school days or they will not be allowed to attend school or school activities until they submit their immunization certification. It is important for all children to get their vaccines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

There are many events in the community where your child can get vaccinated. Vaccine-only visits are available at Children’s National primary care locations and at vaccine events in the community. When your child attends a vaccine-only visit, you will be given a proof of vaccination form to give to your school. Your child will also need their yearly physical appointment with their primary care provider.

The COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students 12 years and older.

You can find all of the DCPS vaccine requirements in English or Spanish. Learn more about the District of Columbia Immunization Attendance Policy. View upcoming vaccination clinics.

Families outside the District should check with their local school districts to see if they have vaccine requirements. Read more about why back-to-school is a great time to make sure your child's vaccines are up-to-date.