Child’s Proof of Immunization and Health Screenings
According to the
Georgia Department of Education, Georgia law requires children attending school (Kindergarten–12th grade) to be age-appropriately immunized with all the required vaccines at the time of first entry in school. All students, regardless of grade, must have the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3231 immunization certificate marked “Complete for School”. Form 3231 is furnished by local health clinics or health care providers. Form 3231 must be marked "Complete for School" by a health care provider.
Not Sure What Immunizations Are Required?
For a complete list of immunizations required by the Georgia Department of Public Health, view the
Summary of Georgia Immunization Requirements for School Attendance webpage.
Please refer to the Georgia Department of Health Immunization Section webpage for answers to many
frequently asked questions.
Where Can I Get Immunizations for My Student?
Immunizations can be obtained from doctor’s offices, clinics, or hospitals. Pediatricians and family doctors or their nurses or medical assistants can give your student the shots they need to meet the requirements for school enrollment. In addition, some large chain pharmacies offer immunizations for older children and adults.
What if I Need Assistance Paying for Vaccines?
If you need assistance paying for shots/vaccinations, you may be able to get free or reduced immunizations through this program:
- Vaccines for Children (VFC) program is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children who might not otherwise be vaccinated because of inability to pay. Children who are eligible for VFC vaccines are entitled to receive pediatric vaccines that are recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.
- PeachCare for Kids Program is a comprehensive health care program for uninsured children living in Georgia that provides state-supplied vaccines for children.
A student may be exempt from immunizations for medical reasons or religious beliefs. The following documents must be submitted for students seeking an exemption from immunizations:
- Medical Exemption: Provide the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3231 immunization certificate signed by a health care provider. Form 3231 has an expiration date of no later than 12 months from the date of issue. There must be an annual review of the medical exemption and the certificate must be reissued with or without indication of the medical exemption.
- Religious Exemptions: For a child to be exempt from immunization on religious grounds, the parent or guardian must furnish the school with a notarized statement, and it must meet the following criteria:
- the statement must state that your religious beliefs conflict with immunization requirements;
- the statement must be signed and dated by the parent/guardian;
- the statement must be notarized, dated, and signed by a notary public
Required Health Screenings
All students, regardless of grade level, must provide certification of eye, ear, and dental examinations on the Georgia Department of Human Resources Form 3300. Forms may be obtained and completed at your
local public health clinic or physician's office.