Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine Requirements for Students in the 2022-23 School Year
In accordance with the Coronavirus Immunization of School Students and Early Childhood Workers Amendment Act of 2021, beginning in the 2022-23 school year, the COVID-19 vaccine is required for all students who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination that is fully approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for their age. As of May 4, 2022, the FDA has fully approved the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 12 and older and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for individuals age 16 and older. If additional approvals occur, OSSE will communicate those updates as soon as possible.
Any student age 12 or older at the start of the 2022-23 school year must have received their primary COVID-19 vaccination series— or be proceeding in accordance with the series— or they will risk being removed from school. OSSE has revised the Immunization Attendance Policy for the 2022-23 school year to support schools and families with understanding and implementing this new requirement.