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Immunizations and Physicals Required for School Enrollment

July 8, 2020

Fauquier County Public Schools reminds parents and guardians of school-age children that immunizations and physicals are still required for school enrollment and have not been waived due to COVID-19. Planning ahead to complete these state requirements for school enrollment will ensure a smooth and safe start when schools reopen. 

The Code of Virginia requires that children receive a comprehensive physical examination

(§ 22.1-270) within 12 months prior to the start of school and be adequately immunized (§ 22.1-271.2) before entering public kindergarten or elementary school. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is recommended for girls entering sixth grade, and the Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (Tdap) booster is required for entry into seventh grade. The current school and day care minimum immunization requirements listed here.

Although the COVID-19 pandemic initially disrupted or limited services offered by local health departments and providers, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend that parents proceed with well-child physicals and immunizations through their local health care providers.

Additional resources are available for families of uninsured and underinsured children or those impacted financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • The Fauquier Health Department will host appointment-only immunization clinics every Tuesday and on the second Friday of each month during July and August. There will be no walk-in clinics this summer.  To make an appointment, families can call 540-347-6400.
  • The VDH, Vaccines for Children (VFC) map indicates participating providers for immunizations by region. Parents may contact local clinics directly for information and hours of service.
  • The Virginia Community Healthcare Association works with a statewide network of clinics that bill for public and some private insurance. Many clinics provide a sliding scale for those without insurance and offer free immunizations in partnership with the VDH.
  • The Virginia Association of Free Clinics are independent, nonprofit, volunteer-driven and community-based organizations. Each clinic sets its own eligibility requirements and guidelines, and all must be contacted directly for assistance.