APS News Release

New Tdap Immunization Requirements

Rising 6th Graders Will Not Need Tdap Until 7th Grade

Rising sixth graders will no longer need to get the Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) immunization to enter school in the fall due to a change made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) that went into effect July 1.

To align with current ACIP recommendations, the 2019 Virginia General Assembly passed House Bill 2215 that changes the grade in which students receive Tdap vaccine from sixth to seventh grade. Students who received a Tdap immunization at age ten will not need another Tdap vaccine to enter seventh grade.More information, including an FAQ on Tdap, is available online.

If you have any questions about the Tdap vaccine, please contact your medical provider.