Meningococcal Booster Dose Requirement Update [July 2020]

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) continues to work diligently with health care providers, local public health departments and many other health partners in response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For this reason, DPH has decided to revise its rules and postpone implementation of the high school meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4) booster dose requirement from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021.

Effective July 1, 2021, children 16 years of age and older, who are entering the 11th grade (including new entrants), must have received one booster dose of the meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4), unless their initial dose was administered on or after their 16th birthday.

We strongly recommend that students and families reach out to their healthcare provider to discuss all recommended vaccinations, including the MCV4 vaccine.

Please review the attached letters for parents below (available in both English and Spanish):