Important Information: HOT OFF THE PRESS!!
The APS Immunizations webpage is a method of sharing information to parents, students, staff, and communities about immunization requirements for school attendance in accordance with the Official Code of Georgia O.C.G.A § 20-2-771. Stay abreast of immunization resources to ensure compliance for attending school and to help APS promote a healthy and safe environment for all APS students. Information is updated and aligned with the current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
By state law, a valid certificate of immunization (Form 3231) or a notarized statement of religious exemption (Form 2208) Religious Exemption Form 2208 - ENGLISH or Religious Exemption Form 2208 - SPANISH is required for enrollment. The certificate of immunization must be completed by the health department, a licensed healthcare provider, or your private physician. A valid Form 3231 must be marked with either "Date of Expiration" or as "Complete for School Attendance." (A certificate marked with a "Date of Expiration" expires on the date indicated, and a current certificate must be submitted within 30 days of expiration.) Expired certificates will not be accepted for enrollment. A medical exemption, if applicable, should be noted on Form 3231 with a current date of expiration. Click here for FULTON COUNTY HEALTH CENTERS or DEKALB COUNTY HEALTH CENTERS.
For students entering from out-of-state schools, please contact your local Health Department or a Georgia licensed physician to have immunizations transferred to the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231). You will need to have your immunization record from your state to transfer immunizations to Form 3231. All requirements apply to students transferring from out-of-state schools to Georgia schools.
All Kindergarten, sixth-grade students, seventh-grade students, students new to Georgia, students returning to a Georgia school after being away for more than one school year, and students enrolling after attending a private school must have a valid Certificate of Immunization. Please see below the current immunization requirements for K-6 students, rising 7th-grade students, and the upcoming immunization requirements for rising 11th-grade students.
KINDERGARTEN (Requirements for K-6)
- Four (4+) DTaP (# of Doses depends upon age given)
- Four (4+) IPV (# of Doses depends upon age given)
- Three (3) Hepatitis B
- Two (2) doses of Measles vaccine, Two (2) doses of Mumps vaccine, and One (1) dose of Rubella vaccine OR Two (2) doses of the combined MMR [OR Documented History of disease or Serology]
- Two (2) Hepatitis A [Hepatitis A (Required if born on or after 01/01/2006]
- Two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine [OR Documented History of disease or Serology]
Rising 7th Grade Immunization Requirements
Effective July 1, 2014, all 7th grade students who were born on or after January 1, 2002, and all new entrants to grades 8-12 who are entering into a Georgia school for the first time or entering after having been absent from a Georgia school for more than twelve months (one school year) will be required to have:
- 1 Dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Vaccine (and)
- 1 Dose of Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
PLEASE NOTE: These changes only affect rising 7th graders (born on or after January 1, 2002), and students who are considered “new entrants” for grades 8-12.
New 11th Grade Immunization Requirements
Georgia's immunization requirements for students entering or transferring into the eleventh grade have been revised to align with the current recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
Effective July 1, 2021, all students who are new entrants or transfers into a Georgia school in the eleventh grade, will require proof of a booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine unless their first dose was received on or after their sixteenth birthday.
- Certificates must be signed by a physician licensed in GA or a public health official. A stamp of a Physician’s signature is permissible when cosigned by an office staff member.
- Certificates must have a printed typed or stamped name and address of the physician, health department, or Georgia Registry of Immunization Transactions and Services (GRITS) official issuing the certificate.
- Certificates must have a complete date of issue with the month, day, and year.
Immunizations Resource Documents
- DPH Guidance School Requirements for Screening
- DPH School Assessment Guidance-Immunizations
- Back to School Flyer - Southside
- Fulton County Back To School Immunizations and Screening
- Fulton County Back to School Immunizations and Screening- Spanish
- FREE SCHOOL-REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE COMING TO THE WESTSIDE!
- Community Vaccine Clinic Info for Host Sites
- Meningitis Vaccine Parent Letter English
- Meningitis Vaccine Parent Letter Spanish
- 7th Grade Immunizations Letter APS (ENG)
- 7th Grade Immunizations Letter APS (SPA)
- 11th Grade Immunizations Letter APS (ENG)
- 11th Grade Immunizations Letter APS (SPA)
- 11th Grade Vaccination MCV4 2020 Requirement
- Tdap Meningitis Parents Fact Sheet
- PVW Parent Flyer English & Spanish
- Religious Exemption Form 2208 - ENGLISH
- Religious Exemption Form 2208 - SPANISH
- Meningococcal booster dose requirement update
- Meningitis Vaccine Parent Letter (16 years old booster) English
- Meningitis Vaccine Parent Letter (16 years old booster) Spanish
For more information, contact:
Joyce Williams, MS
Cheryl Freeman, BSN, RN
District Registered Nurse
Twanna R. House, MAOM, CFSM
School Health Coordinator