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Proof of immunization requirements

The Maine Department of Education requires “all children enrolled in a public or private school” to have certain immunizations, depending on the child’s grade level. See the Maine DOE’s list of required immunizations for details.

Proof of immunization must include the name of the child, date of birth, and must be “from a physician, nurse practitioner or physician assistant or public health official who has administered the immunizing agent(s) to the child. The certificate must specify the immunizing agent, the dosage administered and the date(s) on which it was administered.”

You can either attach the proof of immunization to the health form as part of the enrollment process, or have your health care provider send the proof via fax directly to the school nurses’ FAX number:

  • Elementary School Nurse FAX number: 207-781-1023
  • Middle School Nurse FAX number: 207-781-1021
  • High School Nurse FAX number: 207-781-1022

Exemptions or special circumstances

There are exemptions available for medical purposes, per MSRS 20-A(2).

Religious or philosophical exemptions are only allowed if they were in place prior to September 1, 2021 and part of a student’s IEP, according to MRS 20-A section 6355 (3 & 4) and the Maine Department of Education

For more details, please call your school nurse’s office:
(**NOTE: School Nurse office hours are Monday - Friday, from Aug. 25, 2023 to late June 2024 (except holidays).

  • Elementary School Nurse phone number: 207-347-3152
  • Middle School Nurse phone number: 207-781-1020
  • High School Nurse phone number: 207-781-1231

Resources for parents

Portland Public Health Division Clinic offers free immunizations to all adults and children. Vaccinations are by appointment, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

To make a vaccine appointment, call (207) 874-8446. The clinic is located at 39 Forest Avenue in Portland, Maine. Visit the Portland Public Health Division Clinic website for details.