Now a state law, kids must be vaccinated to go to school

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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Add vaccinations to your back to school list.

A new law passed by Governor Cuomo in June ended religious exemptions for vaccinations in New York State.

That means all children have to be up to date on vaccines to go to school or daycare in the Fall, unless they have a medical exemption.

The state Department of Health says that children have to get their first age-appropriate vaccine doses within the first 14 days of school.

Parents also have to show they have made appointments for their children to get required follow up doses within the first 30 days of school.

“Jefferson County Public Health does offer an immunization clinic on Wednesdays, but because we only offer it once a week, we strongly encourage parents to go to their child’s pediatrician for their vaccination,” said Lisa Lagos, Jefferson County Public Health Educator.

Children who are uninsured can receive their vaccinations for free by appointment at the public health clinic.

You can click here to find a list of required vaccinations for each grade.

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