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PDFWAC 110-300-0210

Immunizations and exempt children.

(1) On or before their children's first day of attending an early learning program, the parents or guardians of enrolled children must give to early learning providers proof of vaccination or acquired immunity for the vaccine-preventable disease, required under RCW 43.216.690 and chapter 246-105 WAC. Early learning providers may accept children without proof of vaccinations or immunity as otherwise indicated in this section.
(2) Early learning providers must receive for each enrolled child upon enrollment and annually thereafter, as required by RCW 43.216.690 and WAC 246-105-050:
(a) A current, complete, and medically verified certificate of immunization status (CIS) form;
(b) A department approved certificate of exemption (COE) form, if applicable; or
(c) A current immunization record from the Washington state immunization information system (WA IIS).
(3) To accept a child who is not current with their immunizations, early learning providers must give written notice to that child's parent or guardian stating the child may be accepted if the immunizations are completed consistent with chapter 246-105 WAC and:
(a) Prior to enrollment the parent or guardian provides written proof the child is scheduled to be immunized; or
(b) Parents or guardians provides a signed and dated statement detailing when the child's immunizations will be brought up to date and stating they understand their child will be excluded from care if the immunizations are not completed within 30 calendar days of the specified due date.
(4) Early learning providers must maintain and update each child's records relating to immunizations or exemptions, or plans to bring immunizations current. These records must be available in the licensed space or easily accessible for review by department licensors, health specialists, and health consultants.
(5) Early learning providers may accept homeless or foster children into care without the records listed in this section if the child's family, caseworker, or health care provider offers written proof that they are in the process of obtaining the child's immunization records.
(6) Early learning providers must exclude a child from care according to the criteria listed in WAC 246-105-080.
(7) If an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease occurs within an early learning program, an early learning provider must notify parents or guardians of children exempt from immunization for that disease and children without vaccination documents. A provider may exclude the child from the child care premises for the duration of the outbreak of that vaccine-preventable disease.
(8) Early learning providers may have a written policy stating children exempted from immunization by their parent or guardian will not be accepted into care unless that exemption is due to an illness protected by the ADA or WLAD or by a completed and signed COE.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.216.055, 43.216.065, and 43.216.250. WSR 23-07-066, § 110-300-0210, filed 3/10/23, effective 4/10/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.216.250 and 43.216.255. WSR 19-14-076, § 110-300-0210, filed 7/1/19, effective 8/1/19. WSR 18-15-001, recodified as § 110-300-0210, filed 7/5/18, effective 7/5/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.070, 43.215.201 and chapter 42.56 RCW. WSR 18-14-079, § 170-300-0210, filed 6/30/18, effective 8/1/19.]
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