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Virginia State Superintendent reminds parents of new immunization requirements ahead of new school year

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RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – James Lane, Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, is reminding parents to be sure their children’s immunizations are up to date – especially students and young children who are subject to new requirements that went into effect on July 1.

“I encourage school divisions to collaborate with local health districts to provide multiple opportunities for children and students to receive all of the required immunizations and booster shots before the beginning of the school year. Many of our divisions are already doing this by taking advantage of summer learning and nutrition programs to increase convenience for parents and children, especially for families that rely on school-based clinics and public health agencies for much of their care.”

James Lane, Superintendent of Public Instruction

The 2020 legislation amended the Code of Virginia to require the following new immunizations and booster shots:

  • Two doses of properly spaced human papillomavirus vaccine for all children. The first dose is required before the child enters the seventh grade.
  • Two or three properly spaced doses of rotavirus vaccine, depending on the manufacturer, for children up to eight months of age.
  • Two properly spaced doses of hepatitis A vaccine. The first dose must be administered at age 12 months or older. The new hepatitis A vaccine requirement is in addition to the existing kindergarten immunization requirements.
  • Two properly spaced doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine. The first is required prior to entry into the seventh grade. The second dose is required prior to the 12th grade.

For religious and medical exemptions, see Paragraph C in this document.

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