Parents scurry to get their kids vaccinated before school starts because administrators always say your child cannot even enroll unless he or she has the required vaccines.
Schools are strict about this requirement.
Well, schools used to be strict about it.
As we all know, New York City, a supposed sanctuary city, has been overrun by migrants in the past year. That means around 20,000 children, which also means illnesses because kids are petri dishes.
New York City schools haven’t changed since this past February: migrant children don’t need to show vaccination proof when they enroll in school.
There’s supposedly a time frame:
Children living in temporary shelters do not have to be vaccinated to enroll in school – that includes migrant children.
However, according to city officials, they do have a certain timeframe in which they must complete those vaccinations once in school.
What is that timeframe? Why so vague?
Let’s look at the NYC public school requirements. Those in child care through 12th grade need:
- The DTaP (diphtheria- tetanus-pertussis),
- MMR (measles-mumps-rubella),
- Varicella, and
- Hepatitis B.
Those in child care and pre-K:
- Hib (Haemophilus influenza type b),
- PCV (pneumococcal conjugate), and
- Influenza (flu).
6th through 12th:
- The Tdap booster (by grade 6), and
- MenACWY (meningococcal conjugate) (by grade 7).
If your child doesn’t have the vaccines, then the school will give you a timeframe to vaccinate your child. If you miss it, then the kid cannot come back to school until he or she gets the vaccine.
A few exemptions are “in process” (self-explanatory) and medical reasons like allergies or an illness. NYC public schools don’t have a religious exemption.
OK, so here’s the thing. A lot of these vaccines are given in stages. You typically cannot have one dose without the other.
Even with the timeframe, how do we know the kids are fully vaccinated?
Of course, this won’t apply to other kids.DONATE
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