The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is partnering with the Alabama Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AL-AAP) to encourage parents/guardians to keep children's vaccinations up to date. Keeping children vaccinated is an important step toward ensuring their long-term health.
Due to the national and statewide COVID-19 pandemic, many Alabama pediatric and family providers have experienced a drastic decrease in scheduled vaccination visits. Infants, toddlers, and teens across the state have experienced over a 50% decline in the number of vaccines administered from March 1 to May 1, compared to 2019 rates. This has disproportionately impacted immunization coverage rates among individuals aged 0-18, placing them at an increased risk of exposure to vaccine-preventable diseases including pertussis, measles, mumps and others.
To avoid prolonged gaps in vaccination, we are encouraigng parents/guardians to work with their providers to catch up on all childhood vaccines missed during the pandemic. Please visit your pediatrician to ensure your child's vaccines are up to date.
Immunization Requirements for Attending School in the State of Alabama
Alabama Schools must ensure that each pupil presents a valid Certificate of Immunization as required by the Code of Alabama, 16-30-4. A child’s entry and attendance in school is conditioned upon the presentation of a current and valid Alabama Certificate of Immunization unless a recognized exception applies. Exceptions include Medical and Religious Exemptions, and exemptions for those deemed Homeless under Federal Law. Students may register/enroll, but must not attend school until the requirement is met.
- Medical Exemption: Issued by the child’s Primary Care Physician or Specialty Physician
- Religious Exemption: Issued by the Alabama Department of Public Health. Contact them for further information
- Homeless under Federal Law: Consult the VHCS Student Services Office.
How to obtain an Alabama Certificate of Immunization
- IF YOUR IMMUNIZATION STATUS IS UP TO DATE: According to Alabama State requirements, meaning no immunization is required at present: A VHCS school nurse can transfer a valid Certificate of Immunization from anywhere within the United States to Alabama. If your child's immunization records are located outside the United States, a branch location of the Jefferson County Public Health Department can transfer your immunization dates onto a State of Alabama Certificate of Immunization form.
- IF YOUR IMMUNIZATION STATUS IS NOT UP TO DATE: You may choose to visit a Department of Public Health location (details below). You may also choose to visit a local Walk-In Health Clinic or contact a physician’s office for appointment. Fees are determined by the facility. Immunization availability may vary. Contact them for more information.
Jefferson County Department of Health Clinics
Phone: 205.930.1450 or 205.588.5234
Morris Health Center
586 Morris Majestic Road
Morris, AL 35116
Eastern Health Center
601 West Boulevard Roebuck
Birmingham, AL 35206
Central Health Center
1400 Sixth Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35233
Western Health Center
631 Bessemer Super Highway
Midfield, AL 35228