Vaccinations for Students

Starting Wednesday, March 16, and consistent with the latest health guidance and the current low levels in DC, masks will be optional for students, staff, and visitors in DC Public Schools, DCPS offices, and on OSSE-DOT transportation. Read more here.

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 is available at more than 60 pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers as well as health clinics throughout the community.

School clinics are now closed. Anyone in the District who is age 5 and older and is in need of the COVID-19 vaccine or a booster shot should visit their local COVID Center — https://coronavirus.dc.gov/covidcenters. You can also visit your health care provider, a local pharmacy or a community health clinic to get vaccinated — https://coronavirus.dc.gov/page/get-vaccinated#appointments

COVID Centers in Your Neighborhood!

COVID Centers

At the District’s COVID Centers, individuals will have access to vaccinations, boosters, and take-home rapid antigen tests as well as a new walk-up testing opportunity which will allow residents to administer and register a PCR test themselves.

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1800 Euclid Street NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
2926 F Street NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
35335 Wisconsin Ave NWMonday: 10 am – 8 pm (After Friday, February 4)
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm (After Friday, February 4)
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm (After Friday, February 4)
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
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4704 13th Street NW (Closed on April 9)Monday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED
52350 Washington Place NE, Ste 105-NMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
6507 8th Street, SEMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
73929 Minnesota Avenue NEMonday: CLOSED
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 9 am – 7 pm
83640 Martin Luther King Jr Avenue SEMonday: 10 am – 8 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
Friday: 9 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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 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.

Students can find location to get vaccinated 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? Access your Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record at https://vaccinerecord.dc.gov/.


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.

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.

Page updated: March 7, 2022