Wednesday, November 13, 2019

SD52 issues reminder on vaccine status reporting program

SD52 and Northern Health have delivered a letter for parents and guardians of students in the Prince Rupert School district, reminding them of the new BC Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation that came into effect over the summer.

The School District posted the letter from Northern Health's Acting Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Raina Fumerton on November 4th, noting that the regulation applies to all students in all schools within the province's jurisdiction, including those students who are home schooled.

However the protocol does not apply to children attending those schools that are based in First Nations communities in British Columbia.

As they move forward with the program in Prince Rupert, Northern Health staff will be checking the immunization records that they have on file  for school age children. Families of those children who may have missing or incomplete records will be contacted by the health agency.

At that time they will be asked to provide Northern Health with the immunization records that are required under the regulation, as well Northern Health will let families know where children can receive the required immunizations.

Northern Health also notes that most children's records are already up to date and that most families will only be contacted if more action is required, or if there is missing information that needs to be addressed.

You can read the full letter from Northern Health here.

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