Required Student Immunization Certificates

All students entering Kindergarten, the 7th grade, or who are new enrollees to MNPS, must have an updated Tennessee Immunization Certificate, which may be obtained by your pediatrician or the Metro Public Health Department.

Having these records for the start of school is state law. If your incoming student does not have proof of immunizations by Aug. 14, they will have to stay home and miss important start-of-school learning. Every year, MNPS finds too many 7th-grade students who haven't turned in their proof of updated vaccinations. Help us change that this school year.

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Here's what you need to know:

  • All students entering MNPS MUST present proof of immunization, a physical examination from within the U.S. and record of birth prior to admission. State law (T.C.A. 49-6-5002) requires schools through 12th grade to accept only an Official Certificate of Immunization provided by the Department of Health, completed and signed by a physician or health care provider administering immunizations, as proof of immunization for enrollment purposes. Certificates printed from the Tennessee State Immunization Registry do not require a signature, but should be accepted as well. ALL grade level students should be up to date with their immunizations requirements before returning to school.

  • Students entering 7th grade for the 2019-2020 school year are required to have an additional immunization on their record. Students are required to have a Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) booster shot.

  • Learn more about state requirements and exemption requirements on TN.Gov.

And you have access to vaccinations for free or at low-cost.

Neighborhood Health is holding four Saturday clinics to help the children of our communities start the year off strong. Physicals and vaccines are available at each event. RSVPs are not required.

Event dates:

  • Saturday, August 3 Napier Medical & Clinic (107 Charles E. David Blvd. in the Napier/Sudekum community) from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Saturday, August 10 Cayce Clinic (617 S. 8th St. in the Cayce/East Nashville community)from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students can also receive the necessary immunizations at a primary health care provider or at one of the three following Metro Public Health Department locations:

  • Lentz Public Health Center: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 2500 Charlotte Avenue, Suite 120 Phone: (615) 340-5607 Fax: (615) 340-8542 Extended back to school clinic hours will be offered July 22-August 15 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 am- 5:00 pm. Extended back to school clinic hours will also be offered on Saturday, July 27th, August 3rd and August 10th from 7:00 am- 12:00 pm. Appointments are required and you must bring a copy of all of your child’s immunization (shot) records. For WIC services, please call (615) 340-5619.

  • East Nashville Public Health Center: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 1015 East Trinity Lane Phone: (615) 862-7916 Fax: (615) 880-2127 Extended back to school clinic hours (8:00 am -6:30 pm) will be held on July 24, July 31, August 7 and August 14. Appointments are necessary and you must bring a copy of all of your child’s immunization (shot) records. For WIC services, please call (615) 862-6626.

  • Woodbine Public Health Center: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Thursday 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Extended back to school clinic hours will be held July 22- August 16. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 7:00 am- 5:30 pm and Thursdays 7:00 am- 7:00 pm. Appointments are required and you must bring a copy of all of your child’s immunization (shots) records. 224 Oriel Street Phone: (615) 862-7940 Fax: (615) 880-2194 For WIC services, please call (615) 340-5619.

Call our MNPS Family Information Center with questions at (615) 259- INFO.