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School Tdap Vaccine Clinics

Beginning this school year (2013-2014), South Carolina law requires that all students entering 7th grade receive one (1) dose of Tdap vaccine (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis). To assist parents of rising seventh graders with this vaccination requirement ahead of the 2014-2015 school year, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), the VaxCare Corporation, and local school districts across our state are partnering to offer the Tdap vaccine to current sixth grade children beginning in March 2014.

Benefits of Getting the Tdap Vaccine in School

  • Protects your child against three serious diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough).
  • Meets the Tdap school vaccination requirement for entry into 7th grade.
  • Convenient - no extra doctor's visit!
  • Fewer missed days of school and work when your child stays healthy.

No Cost or Low Cost Vaccine

  • If your child has Medicaid, the Tdap vaccine will be offered at no charge to you.
  • If your child has insurance, we will ask your insurance company to pay for the cost of giving the vaccine.
    • If your child does not have health insurance or if your insurance company does not pay for the Tdap vaccine, you will receive a bill from VaxCare or DHEC. You will be charged no more than $50.00 for the shot.

School Tdap Vaccine Clinic Documents and Forms

Below are the documents that will be sent home with your child if your school is participating in a Tdap vaccine clinic. You'll need to return the parent consent form to the school for your child to take advantage of the Tdap vaccine clinic (all documents linked below are in pdf format).


For the parents of students attending participating schools in these counties only: Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper and Orangeburg.


For the parents of students attending participating schools in these counties only: Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, and York.


For the parents of students attending participating schools in these counties only: Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Lee, Marlboro, and Sumter.


For the parents of students attending participating schools in these counties only: Dillon, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, and Williamsburg.


For the parents of students attending participating schools in these counties only: Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg and Union.


School Tdap Vaccine Clinic Listings

These clinics are only for the students who attend these schools. We will continue to add clinics to this list as the information becomes available.

If you have additional questions about the Tdap vaccine, please call 1-800-27SHOTS (1-800-277-4687).