The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has issued School Admission Immunization Requirements. The law requires that all new students—children entering day care, nursery school, pre-school or pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten through grade 12 in New York City for the first time—must show proof of having received a complete medical evaluation.The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) no longer issues yellow vaccination cards to patients at its immunization clinics. Instead, patients will be given a print out of their vaccination history and the vaccines administered at the visit, including lot number and manufacturer of the vaccine. The new immunization record provides more information, is clear and legible, and gives the date of next appointment and information about other vaccines that may be recommended. Parents may continue to provide immunization information to schools by using the completed new entrant examination form (CH-205), a record from the DOHMH Citywide Immunization Registry, a print out of an electronic medical record signed by a physician or nurse practitioner or a signed yellow card.
A note for parents of displaced children from Puerto Rico: you may be able to obtain your child’s immunization record via the Puerto Rico Immunization Registry (PRIR) parent portal. Parents can enter identifying information (e.g., Social Security Number) for their child to find the record. If you are unable to access the site, the Department of Health has a limited number of staff who can access the PRIR. Parents can reach them by calling 311 and asking for immunization records. DOH may also be able to assist with obtaining immunization records for persons displaced from sites outside of Puerto Rico.
The Department of Health has reached out to physicians directly to advise them of the resources available to assist displaced children.
Immunization Walk-In ClinicsCitywide Immunization Registry (CIR): on-line access to children's immunization records (for schools and providers).Citywide Immunization Registry (CIR) information for schools: students records available online Warning letter to parents regarding immunization requirements العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردوExclusion letter to parents regarding immunization requirements العربية | বাংলা | 中文 | Français | Kreyòl Ayisyen | 한국어 | Русский | Español | اردو
CDC Vaccine Information Statements (in multiple languages)