Tdap Immunization Requirement for Rising Sixth Graders

  • All students entering sixth grade must have the Tdap immunization

    Virginia law requires that all students entering sixth grade have a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) booster immunization prior to entry into school. Additionally, all new students enrolling into grades seven, eight and nine must also have a Tdap booster dose.

    Parents of current fifth graders should review their children's immunization records to determine if the student needs to get the Tdap immunization. This shot may be listed as T, Td, Dtap, and /or Tdap. Parents should call their doctor or local health department if they have questions. Shots may be obtained from private doctors, military clinics or the health department.

    Free children's immunization clinics are held at the Alexandria Health Department at 4480 King Street. Immunization clinic hours are:

    • Monday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. (12 months through 18 years, by appointment only)
    • Monday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. (by appointment only - last available time is 5:40 p.m.)
    • Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (walk-in)
    • Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. (walk-in)

    Documentation that your child has received this immunization should be brought to the school nurse prior to the last day of school in June. ACPS tracks compliance with this state requirement. Students who do not meet the requirement by the first day of school in September will not be given a schedule and will be excluded from school until proof of the booster shot is taken to the nurse.


    Barbara Nowak
    Health Services Coordinator

    ACPS Central Office
    1340 Braddock Place, Office 510-12
    Alexandria, Virginia 22314