Students getting suspended scrambling to get vaccinated
Several hundred area students have been suspended from school, although many are racing to get back in the classroom within hours of the notices being issued.
The Hastings and Prince Edward Counties students been officially suspended from attending classes until they get mandatory vaccinations, get medical clearance to not have them or provide a declaration that they are conscientious objectors.
The students have had months to get their immunization records updated, with a deadline of Thursday afternoon set before suspensions were issued.
The health unit issued about 44-hundred notices in January to students who still needed to be protected against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, measles and a number of other illnesses, and 313 were still outstanding as of Friday morning
Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health Program Manager Bill Sherlock the number of suspensions is quickly decreasing as students get vaccinated.
Sherlock said Public Health is holding immunization clinics in Belleville, Trenton, Picton, Madoc and Bancroft Friday to help students get caught up on their vaccinations.
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