Immunization Resources for Child Care Providers and Staff

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The State of California requires children to receive certain immunizations to attend any private or public child care center, day nursery, nursery school, family day care home, or development center. Laws also require staff and volunteers at these sites to show proof of certain vaccines as well.

As a child care provider, you are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records for your site, and submit reports.  Make sure your site has a plan for collecting and documenting vaccine requirements. Help your students and staff be prepared on their first day! Here you will find resources available to help child care providers comply with California immunization laws. 

California Health and Safety Code Sections 120325-120375

Immunization Requirements for Children, Staff and Volunteers at Child Care Facilities

Children enrolling in or continuing preschool/child care must meet immunization requirements before starting and each age check point. In addition, the Day Care Facilities Immunization and Exceptions Law (SB792) requires staff and volunteers that work in a child care settings to have certain immunizations before starting work. Below is a breakdown of the immunization requirements for children, staff, and volunteers. 

Children

The following vaccines are required for all children attending a child care facility and at each age checkpoint:

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Use the California Immunization Requirements for Pre-Kindergarten* handout to review and promote the required vaccines for children at your site.

*Parent-friendly versions are available on our Parent's and Guardians Resource page in multiple languages to handout and promote required vaccines.

Visit the Shots for School Child Care Immunizations Requirements web page for more information.

Staff and Volunteers

The following vaccines are required for all staff and volunteers working at a child care facility:

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Immunization Trainings for Child Care and School Staff
 

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The San Diego Immunization Program provides FREE trainings related to state-mandated immunization requirements. All trainings are tailored specifically for staff in K-12 schools and pre-kindergarten programs.

Trainings are intended for all school staff who transcribe and review immunization records, including:

  • School Nurses
  • Health Technicians
  • School Administrators
  • School Registrars
  • Health IT Staff

Health care providers and social service staff are also welcome to attend the trainings.

Verifying Required Child Immunizations 

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Resources for Child Care Staff

County of San Diego

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For more information or to request materials,
contact the San Diego Immunization Unit via  e-mail  or call us at  (866) 358-2966.