Upcoming Changes to State Immunization Rules for Schools and Childcare Facilities

In 2019, the State Board of Health approved changes to Chapter 246-105 of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) concerning schools and childcare immunization policy. These rules apply to all public and private schools and licensed childcare centers in Washington state beginning Aug. 1, 2020.

The update to WAC Chapter 246-105 has three major focuses:

  • It requires medically verified immunization records for school and childcare entry.
  • It clarifies conditional status in regards to school and child care immunization requirements and implementation.
  • It changes the Tdap immunization requirement to 7th through 12th grades.

Students attending school online because of school changes during the COVID-19 pandemic still need to be in compliance with all of the immunization requirements. More details, including frequently asked questions about the rule change, can be found on the Department of Health website:  https://www.doh.wa.gov/YouandYourFamily/Immunization/SchoolandChildCare/RuleChanges