New York State Health Department Revises and Updates School Immunization Requirements Effective September 1, 2015

The New York State Department of Health recently has adopted amendments to regulations at 10 NYCRR Subpart 66-1, addressing school immunization requirements. The amendments take effect on September 1, 2015. A detailed document with questions and answers regarding the changes to the regulations and their implementation is posted on the Department of Health website at:

The following is a summary from the NYSDOH of the significant changes to the school immunization requirements:

For school year 2015-16, the following requirements apply only to kindergarten, first, sixth, and seventh grades:

Students in prekindergarten, grades two through five and grades eight through twelve are required to have three doses of polio vaccine, but intervals do not need to be assessed.

In addition, acceptable certificates of immunization have been clarified. The revised regulations provide that a certificate of immunization be signed by a health practitioner licensed to practice in New York State. However, a record issued by the New York State Immunization Information System (NYSIIS), the Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR), an official immunization registry from another state, an electronic health record or an official record from a foreign nation may be accepted without a health practitioner’s signature. 

For further information, log onto the New York State Department of Health at



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