Immunization Resources TK/K-12 School Staff


California school immunization laws require students attending public or private elementary and secondary schools, grades TK/K-12, to meet certain immunization requirements before starting school. Schools are required to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records, and submit reports.

Help your students get the vaccines they need for school. Here you will find information and resources for students and staff to make sure your school is compliant with California immunization requirements.

Vaccine Requirements for Students in Grades TK/K-12 and School Staff & Volunteers

California immunization laws require TK/K-12 students to show proof of immunizations before starting school.  These laws apply to children in both in-person and remote learning environments. Additional vaccines are needed for advancement to 7th grade (or for all grades for newly admitted students.)

New COVID-19 vaccine or testing requirements are also in place for school staff and volunteers working at TK/K-12 school sites as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a breakdown of immunization requirements for children, staff, and volunteers. 

TK/K-12 Students

Students in grades TK/K-12 are required to show proof of the following vaccines:

 California Immunization Requirements for K-12th Grade

Use the California Immunization Requirements for K-12th Grade* handout to review and verify required vaccines for students at your school.

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

7th Grade Advancement

The following additional vaccines are required for students advancing to 7th grade (or for students of any grade that are newly admitted, including students from out of state.)


School Staff & Volunteers

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in TK/K-12 schools, the state of California is mandating public health measures for school staff and volunteers.  This mandate applies to public and private schools serving students in TK/K-12 grade, but does not apply to home schools.

According to the State Public Health Officer Order—Vaccine Verification for Workers in Schools (8/11/21) TK/K-12 school staff and volunteers are required to:

  • Show proof that they are fully vaccinated (two or more weeks from the date you received your final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine) OR
  • Comply with weekly COVID-19 testing requirements

*Visit our K-12 School Sector web page for more information and guidance related to COVID-19.

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 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 welcomed to attend the trainings.

Verifying Required Student Immunizations 

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Resources for School Staff

County of San Diego


Job Aids

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