All students are required to have certain immunizations (also known as vaccinations or shots) to attend school, as outlined by the Maryland Health Department. Schools must keep a record of every student's immunization record.
If you have questions about your child's immunizations or she or he needs updated immunizations, contact your child's doctor or visit a Health Department clinic.
If your child's school has a health center, staff there can also help you with immunizations.
Are immunizations required during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Yes, the state of Maryland’s immunization requirements remains in effect for the upcoming school year 2020-2021.
Will my son/daughter still need to receive immunizations if they are not attending school and are taught in a virtual classroom (computer)?
Yes, all students are required to be compliant with immunizations whether they return to school in-person or are taught in a virtual classroom (computer).
Is it safe to receive immunizations during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Routine vaccination is an essential preventive care service for children, adolescents and adults that should not be delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ensuring immunization services are maintained is essential for protecting individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks, such as chicken pox and measles. Health care providers will take special precautions which can include, but not limited to physical distancing within the waiting room, face mask, hand washing, surface cleaning, seeing patients at a different time or a different location, and limiting the number of people to can accompany the child. If you have concerns, please call your health care provider and discuss with them the procedures in place to minimize risk of exposure to COVID-19.
How do I know what immunizations my son/daughter may need?
If your child is a 7th grade student for the 2020-2021 school year, he/she may need the Meningococcal (MV4) and Tdap immunizations. If your child is entering Kindergarten, he/she may need the second dose of MMR and/or Varicella. Many immunizations are part of a series of doses. You should check with your health care provider to make sure your child is up-to-date with all of his/her immunizations You may also contact your child’s school to find out if he/she may need immunizations.
Where can I receive the necessary immunizations for my child?
First, call your primary health care provider to schedule an appointment for your child to receive the immunizations he/she may need.
Are there other places where I can receive immunizations for my child?
The Baltimore City Health Department (BCHD) immunization clinic will be open on a limited schedule beginning the week of July 13. The BCHD will be open every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of July, BY APPOINTMENT ONLY….NO WALK-INS will be accepted. Call 410-396-4464 to make an appointment.
Rales school-based Health Center at KIPP Baltimore:
You may be able to receive immunizations at Giant Pharmacy locations and a limited number of Minute Clinics in and around the Baltimore area. Scroll down for a list of retail establishments that may be able to help with immunization needs. Please call ahead to inquire about availability, hours, insurance requirements and social distancing guidelines.
Below is a list of retail establishments that may be able to help with immunization needs. Please call to find out about vaccine availability, accepted insurance, age requirements, and social distancing guidelines.
601 E. 33rd Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
5150 Sinclair Lane
Baltimore, MD 21206
4624 Edmondson Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
4622 Wilkens Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21229
3757 Old Court Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
6620 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
6340 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
8100 Loch Raven Blvd
Baltimore, MD 21286
1400 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD 21222
630 S. Exeter Street
Baltimore, MD 20202
3559 Boston Street
Baltimore, MD 21224
Rales school-based Health Center at KIPP Baltimore