Schools’ Immunization Status Reporting: New Reporting Method
All public and private schools, and licensed preschools and child care facilities must report the immunization status of students by Nov. 1 each year per state law (WAC 246-105-060).
The method of reporting and the information to be reported has changed. Because of the changes, we are extending the reporting deadline for this year only to December 1st.
How to Report:
- Schools actively using the Immunization Information System (IIS) School Module are not required to report. The Department of Health can pull the data from the School Module data tables.
- Schools, preschools, and child care facilities not using the School Module can find information on how to report using the links below. The detailed instructions are being finalized and will be posted soon on these websites:
- We are here to help! Please send all questions about immunization reporting and requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
School and Preschool Immunization Requirements
Comprehensive information about immunization requirements including links to the current forms, charts and frequently asked questions can be found at www.doh.wa.gov/SCCI. I recommend bookmarking this page and referring back to it so you always have the most up to date information.
- One invaluable resource on the website above is the Individual Vaccine Requirements Summary. It has detailed information on each vaccine’s rules, exceptions to the rules and catch-up schedules. We update this document annually.
State Board of Health Rule (WAC) Updates
In August the State Board of Health voted to adopt revised rule language in 246-105 WAC. The revised language impacts three areas of the immunization requirements. The revised rules will:
- Update to reference the 2019 National Immunization Recommended Schedule. This change will become effective when the rule is filed. Changes in the schedule will be reflected in the Washington 2020-2021 Immunization Requirements Charts.
- Change the immunization documentation required to enter school and child care. This change will be effective for the 2020-2021 school year.
- Clarify the language around conditional status to align with the law 28A.210 RCW. This change will be effective for the 2020-2021 school year.
We will be sharing detailed information about these changes in the coming months. We keep a mailing list to share new immunization information for schools and child care centers. If you haven’t already, please consider signing up at GovDelivery Subscribe. Enter your email, click the submit button, and select the school and/or child care list option from the choices given. Please share this link with your colleagues.
If you have any questions, contact: