Vaccinations for Students

COVID-19 Pediatric Vaccine for Ages 5-11

The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way for us to help stop the spread of the virus and keep our community safe. On November 2, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that children ages 5 and older are now eligible to receive the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. We encourage all DCPS families to take the life-saving step of getting the vaccine as soon as possible.

The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and free. The Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine for children 5-11 years old will be available at more than 60 pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers as well as health clinics throughout the community, including at DCPS locations across all eight wards.

  • DCPS clinics will offer first dose opportunities from November 8-30, 2021. Some school offer more than one first dose opportunity during this time period and are marked with an asterisk below.
  • All clinics will occur Monday-Friday from 3:30 pm – 7:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
  • Second dose clinics will occur 21 days following the first dose clinic at the same location and during the same timeframe as the first dose clinic.
School Clinic (5-11 year olds)Address Ward 1st Dose Date 2nd Dose DateHours
Dorothy I. Height Elementary School 1300 Allison St NW 4Monday, November 8, 2021Monday, November 29, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Noyes Elementary School 2725 10th St NE 5Monday, November 8, 2021Monday, November 29, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Bancroft Elementary School *1755 Newton St NW 1Tuesday, November 9, 2021Tuesday, November 30, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Kimball Elementary School *3375 Minnesota Ave SE 7Tuesday, November 9, 2021Tuesday, November 30, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Patterson Elementary School 4399 South Capitol Terrace SW 8Wednesday, November 10, 2021Wednesday, December 1, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Marie Reed Elementary School 2201 18th St NW 1Friday, November 12, 2021Friday, December 3, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Thomson Elementary School *1200 L St NW 2Friday, November 12, 2021Friday, December 3, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Ben Murch Elementary School 4810 36th St NW 3Saturday, November 13, 2021Saturday, December 4, 202110:00 am to 3:00 pm
Payne Elementary School 1445 C St SE 6Saturday, November 13, 2021Saturday, December 4, 202110:00 am to 3:00 pm
Smothers Elementary School 1300 44th St NE 7Saturday, November 13, 2021Saturday, December 4, 202110:00 am to 3:00 pm
Excel Academy Public School 2501 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE 8Tuesday, November 16, 2021Tuesday, December 7, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Garrison Elementary School 1200 S St NW 2Wednesday, November 17, 2021Wednesday, December 8, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Plummer Elementary School 4601 Texas Ave SE 7Wednesday, November 17, 2021Wednesday, December 8, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Bunker Hill Elementary School 1401 Michigan Ave NE 5Thursday, November 18, 2021Thursday, December 9, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Janney Elementary School *4130 Albemarle St NW 3Friday, November 19, 2021Friday, December 10, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Whittier Elementary School 6201 5th St NW 4Friday, November 19, 2021Friday, December 10, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Thomas Elementary School 650 Anacostia Ave NE 7Friday, November 19, 2021Friday, December 10, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Lafayette Elementary School 5701 Broad Branch Rd NW 4Saturday, November 20, 2021Saturday, December 11, 202110:00 am to 3:00 pm
Turner Elementary School 3264 Stanton Rd SE 8Saturday, November 20, 2021Saturday, December 11, 202110:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bruce-Monroe Elementary School3560 Warder St NW1Monday, November 22, 2021Monday, December 13, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Savoy Elementary School2400 Shannon Pl SE8Monday, November 22, 2021Monday, December 13, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
LaSalle-Backus Elementary School501 Riggs Rd NE4Tuesday, November 23, 2021Tuesday, December 14, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
Seaton Elementary School1503 10th St NW6Tuesday, November 23, 2021Tuesday, December 14, 20213:30 to 7:30 pm
First doses will be available on the second dose dates at Bancroft Elementary School, Kimball Elementary School, Janney Elementary School, and Thomson Elementary School.

Parents who are unable to bring their child to a clinic will have the option to print and sign a form allowing a trusted family member to accompany their child to the pop-up vaccine clinics. The trusted family member should bring the printed forms along with a photo ID.

Getting your child vaccinated will help keep your student safe and in the classroom, where we know students learn best. Students who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine if they come in close contact with someone in or outside of the school who tests positive for COVID-19. Learn more about our health and safety measures when there is a COVID-19 case at school at dcpsreopenstrong.com/health/response.

COVID-19 Vaccine for Ages 12+ and Student-Athlete Requirement

Per Mayor’s Order, any DCPS student age 12 and older participating in any school-based extracurricular athletics must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless the student-athlete has received a religious or medical exemption. This applies to all fall, winter, and spring sports.

Student athletes who are age 12 or older have until December 1, 2021, to submit paperwork confirming they have received a full course of vaccination against COVID-19. Students who have not yet been vaccinated should use this time to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If a student athlete needs both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, they should receive their first dose no later than Tuesday, November 9 to ensure they have time to receive both doses by December 1.

In November, students 12 and older can visit the following DCPS school vaccination clinics or find location at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated.

FAQ for Student Athletes

What happens after December 1?

  • Student athletes who have not received a full course of vaccination against COVID-19 are to be excluded from all school-based extracurricular athletics, including tryouts, practices, drills, conditioning, and competitions (including fall playoffs and championships) until they provide proof of a full course of vaccination.
  • Student athletes will need to have exemption requests processed and approved BEFORE beginning to play, or they are to be excluded from playing until either their exemption request is approved, or they show proof of a full course of vaccination.
  • For student athletes who turn 12 years old after November 1, 2021, the deadline for vaccination is two months after their birthday. This means they should be vaccinated as soon as possible after their 12th birthday.

How can student athletes submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination?

  • Students who have received two doses of the vaccine should provide a photocopy of their COVID-19 vaccination card to their school’s Athletic Director. If you are 18 years or older and received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, please complete this step as well.
  • Lost or misplaced your COVID-19 vaccination card? You can securely download a copy online at https://dchealth.dc.gov/page/dc-myir.


How can student athletes apply for a religious or medical exemption from receiving the COVID-19 vaccine?

  • The deadline for student-athletes to submit a medical or religious exemption for review prior to December 1 is Monday, November 15.
  • Parents or guardians of students wishing to request a religious exemption are strongly encouraged to utilize the electronic submission process OSSE COVID-19 Vaccine Religious Exemption Form For Student Athletes. Students must express a deeply held religious belief that precludes them from vaccination for COVID-19. Forms completed online will be automatically shared with the DCIAA office for review. The COVID-19 Vaccination Religious Exemption Certificate can also be submitted to your child’s school-based Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will screen the form prior to submitting it to the DCPS Athletics Department. Forms will generally be reviewed within 5 business days of receipt.
  • To request a medical exemption, students must present a signed note or form from a doctor* stating that no COVID-19 vaccine is medically advisable due to a person’s medical condition. The signed doctor’s note or form must contain the physician’s contact information and submitted to your student’s Athletic Director. The Athletic Director will submit the doctor’s note to the DCPS Athletics Department for review.

Incentives for Youth Who Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine

Youth vaccination incentives are available to students ages 12-17 who receive their first shot at the three sites above. Students can receive a $51 gift card or a pair of AirPods by receiving their first shot, while supplies last In addition, all students in DC who are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine will also be eligible to win an iPad or a $25,000 college scholarship.

Visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccine.

Childhood Immunizations and Wellness Exams

Immunization One-Pager for Families (May 2021)

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DC Public Schools encourages you to visit your family’s pediatrician for your student’s annual wellness exam. Scheduling an appointment with your child’s doctor will help make sure your child is up-to-date on important immunizations to prevent illness.

DC law requires that families submit their student’s immunization record by the twentieth day at school. To see a list of required immunizations for your child, visit dchealth.dc.gov/immunizations.

If you have not already submitted your child’s immunization records, here is what you need to do now:

  • Step 1: Make an appointment with your child’s doctor. DC offers resources to help you find a health provider or if you do not have health insurance.
  • Step 2: Have the doctor complete DC’s Universal Health Certificate, available here. Your health provider may also provide a different proof of immunization document or an exemption explanation.
  • Step 3: Submit your paperwork to your child’s school. You can drop it off at your school or call the school’s main office to if you have questions about how to submit your form.

COVID-19 Vaccine: Family FAQ

Q: What is the Pediatric Vaccination Program for 5-11 Years Old Children?  

A: The DC Health Pediatric Vaccination Program for 5- to 11-Year-Old Children is an initiative to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to children ages 5-11 years old. This program involves partnerships with DC Health and over 40 different facilities, including District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Charter Schools, Department of Parks and Recreation Centers, and other community-based sites.  

Q: Who can receive a COVID-19 vaccine through this program?  

A: At this time, only District residents ages 5-11 will be offered the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine through this program.  

Q: Can parents/guardians/other family members over 12 years of age receive the COVID-19 vaccine onsite at a DCPS elementary school?  

A: No. At this time, only District residents ages 5-11 will be offered the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine. Residents 12 years or older can visit the Columbia Heights Education Campus vaccination clinic or other sites available around the city. For the full list, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated or vaccines.gov for convenient locations across the District.  

Q: Do families need to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?  

A: No. DCPS COVID-19 vaccination clinics are walk-up sites and no appointment is necessary.   

Q. What COVID-19 vaccine is available to students who are 5-11 years old? 

A: The Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently available for children ages 5-11. Similar to what was seen in adult vaccine trials, vaccination was nearly 91 percent effective in preventing COVID-19 among children aged 5-11 years. In clinical trials, vaccine side effects were mild, self-limiting, and similar to those seen in adults and with other vaccines recommended for children. The most common side effect was a sore arm.  

Q: Who will be providing vaccinations to students?  

A: DC Health will serve as the clinical provider at all pediatric clinics in the program, including those at DC Public School locations.A trained pediatric medical professional will administer the vaccine.  

Q: Will children require a parent/guardian for consent to receive vaccines?  

A: Yes. Per provider requirements, children ages 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, who must sign a COVID-19 Immunization Screening and Consent Form for each child receiving a vaccination. Please bring proof of identification and / or DC residency to the clinic site. Parents/legal guardians who are unable to bring their child will have the option to print and sign an additional Trusted Party Consent and Verification Form allowing a trusted family member to accompany their child to the pop-up vaccine clinics; these forms will be made available on coronavirus.dc.gov. This trusted family member must be at least 18 years of age and provide valid personal identification at the clinic.  

Q: How will children receive their second dose of Pfizer?  

A: The clinical provider will schedule the second dose appointment on-site. This second dose will be scheduled 21 days following the first dose at the same location as the first dose. Parents have the additional option of completing the second dose through a different provider/program.  

Q: What if my child feels unwell after getting vaccinated and needs to miss a day of school?  

A: If your student does not feel well after receiving their vaccination, please contact your pediatrician or healthcare provider for any medical questions or concerns. If your student will miss school due to not feeling well, please submit a note so that the absence will be excused. Additionally, please be sure to connect with your child’s teacher to access any assignments, programs, or activities that may be appropriate to support learning at home.  

Q: How much will the immunizations cost?  

A: The COVID-19 vaccine is free. It will not require out of pocket costs or bills to the family.  

Q: I have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine for my child. Who can I talk to?  

A: For any questions about pediatric clinic options and the COVID-19 vaccine, email vaccinatedc@dc.gov or call the DC COVID-19 Call Center at 1-855-363-0333.  

Children’s National also has helpful resources for families who have questions about vaccinating children to protect them from COVID-19. Visit https://childrensnational.org/visit/resources-for-families/wellness-resources/coronavirus/vaccine-faqs for information in English and Spanish. 

Page updated: November 17, 2021