Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements: Kindergarten through 12th Grade.
Texas Minimum State Vaccine Requirements: Early Childhood Programs.
Texas Immunization Exemptions
Medical: The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) considers vaccines to be very safe and encourages all Texans to be vaccinated according to the ACIP recommended schedule. DSHS recognizes, however, that for a small number of people, there may be valid medical reasons for which they cannot receive certain vaccines.
For school and childcare attendance, the state allows for medical exemptions to accommodate these individuals. Lovejoy ISD School Nurses will accept medical exemptions that are signed by a US-licensed MD or DO and clearly state a medical reason the person cannot receive specific vaccines. Unless the exemption states a lifelong condition, the exemption is only valid for one year.
For Reasons of Conscience: To claim an exclusion for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief, the child's parent, legal guardian, or a student 18 years of age or older must present a completed, signed and notarized Texas DSHS Affidavit stating that the child's parent, legal guardian, or the student declines vaccinations for reasons of conscience, including because of the person's religious beliefs.
The form must be submitted to the School Nurse before the child starts school and within 90 days from the date the form is notarized. The affidavit will be valid for a two-year period from the date of notarization. A child or student who has not received the required immunizations for reasons of conscience, including religious beliefs, may be excluded from school in times of emergency or epidemic declared by the commissioner of the department.
Texas Online Affidavit Request: Exemption from Immunizations for Reasons of Conscience.