Immunizations

The certificate of immunization shall be prepared by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, and shall specify the vaccines and gives the dates of administration. It may also show physician-verified history of disease, laboratory evidence of immunity or medical exemption. This includes documents such as a certificate from a physician, a copy of the immunization portion of the cumulative health record from a prior school, a migrant health record, a union health record, a community health plan record, a signed immunization transfer card, a military dependent's "shot" record, the immunization portion of a passport, an immunization record card signed by a physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner, or an immunization registry record.

Under PHL Section 206, the NYSDOH Immunization Program has the legal authority to ensure that schools throughout the state comply with PHL Sections 2165 and 2167. PHL Section 2165 requires that:

No institution shall permit any student to attend such institution in excess of thirty days without complying with subdivision two of this section. However, such thirty day period may be extended to not more than forty-five days for a student where such student is from out-of-state or from another country and can show a good faith effort to provide a certificate of immunization.

PHL Section 2167 requires that:

No institution shall permit any student to attend the institution in excess of thirty days without complying with this section: provided, however, that such thirty day period may be extended to not more than sixty days if a student can show a good faith effort to comply with this section.

Findings of violations of PHL Sections 2165 and 2167 may result in the imposition of a civil penalty of up to $2,000 per each student who is permitted to attend school in violation of these requirements.