Immunization Policy Changes

The BSA encourages all members of the Scouting community to utilize available vaccines that can provide protection in preventing infectious diseases. Based on the recommendations of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), it is the national policy of the BSA that all participants attending events, activities, programs, or camps requiring an Annual Health and Medical Record (AHMR) must be up to date on all the immunizations listed as required below:

REQUIRED for everyone:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (DTaP or Tdap)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) (if born in 1957 or later)
  • Varicella (VAR) (chicken pox) (if born in 1980 or later)
  • Polio (IPV)

Although not required, the following immunizations are strongly recommended by both the BSA and the CDC. Please review your age-appropriate immunization status with your personal health care provider:

  • COVID-19
  • Hepatitis A (HepA)
  • Hepatitis B (HepB)
  • Pneumonia (Pneumococcus): PVC13 or PPSV23)
  • Influenza (annually)
  • Haemophilus Influenza Type B (HIB)
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)
  • Meningococcus Conjugate (MenACWY)
  • Meningococcus Type B (MenB)
  • Shingles — Zoster recombinant (RZV)

Let’s review some of our most frequent asked questions regarding this policy change.

Why are the immunization requirements being changed?

Today, there is an unprecedented need for proper immunizations to protect those among us who cannot tolerate a vaccine for a medical reason. While measles and COVID-19 are top of mind now, this policy reflects the BSA’s commitment to the health and safety of our members.

Who must have these immunizations?

All participants in all Scouting activities. The exact requirement we have for the annual health and medical record.

When does this go into effect?

June 1, 2022.

Is the current AHMR (Annual Health and Medical Record) valid after 6/1/2022?

An updated AHMR reflecting the changes to immunization requirements will be available in December 2021. A valid existing AHMR Part C can continue to be used after 6/1/2022 until it expires, or if you are claiming a medical exemption to immunization.

Will my child or I have to have a COVID vaccine?

No. However, we recommend that all eligible individuals receive the COVID-19 vaccine in consultation with their health care provider.

I / My child has a condition that will not allow immunizations. How will that be handled?

Documented medical conditions that prevent safe administration of immunizations will be the only exemption to this policy. Using Part C of the AHMR available December 2021, individuals must have their medical professional record and sign their medical exemption during the pre-participation exam. A valid Part C will be required if claiming a medical exemption even for events under 72 hours.

Review the full policy in the Guide to Safe Scouting:  https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss05/#c

FAQ’s on Immunizations can be found here: https://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/ahmr/medical-formfaqs/