Grade 6 Immunization Requirements
The New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) under Chapter 14 N.J.A.C. 8:57-4 mandates the following two vaccines.
1. Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diphtheria, acellular Pertussis) Every child entering or attending Grade 6 shall have received one dose of Tdap given no earlier than the 10th birthday and five (5) years have elapsed from the last DTP/DTaP or Td dose.
2. Meningococcal vaccine Every child entering or attending Grade 6 shall have received one dose of meningococcal vaccine (Menactra or Menveo).
Parents must provide their child’s COMPLETE IMMUNIZATION RECORD that includes these vaccines PRIOR TO ENTRANCE INTO SIXTH GRADE in September 2021. Admittance to Grade 6 Locker Day in August may be in jeopardy if this record has not been received.
A 10-year-old entering sixth grade will not be required to receive these vaccines until they turn 11 years of age. The NJDOH requires the dose to be received within TWO WEEKS of the 11th birthday.
According to N.J.A.C. 8:57- 2, a principal, administrator, or person in charge of a school shall not admit or retain any child whose parents have not submitted acceptable evidence of immunizations.
Minimal Immunization Requirements Table For School AttendanceFREE IMMUNIZATIONS ARE AVAILABLEThe Union County Immunization Center offers free immunizations to children who live in Union County and meet the following criteria:Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care, or NJ KidCareHas no health insuranceIs an American Indian or Alaskan NativeClinic Location342 Westminster Ave, Elizabeth, NJTelephone: (908) 965-2734.Call for scheduled hours.Parent identification, proof of residency in Union County, and valid proof of birth are required.Bring the child's vaccination record.