Florida students enrolled in school, whether attending school in-person or virtually, are required to have age-appropriate vaccines with proper documentation on file at the school. Any students without the proper immunization documentation or exemption on file will not be able to start school on August 24th. The American Academy of Pediatrics stresses the importance for children to be up to date on vaccinations by the time school starts. Furthermore, according to the Florida Department of Health in St. Lucie, “It is critical to ensure that routine vaccination is maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to protect individuals and communities from vaccine-preventable diseases and outbreaks. Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to additional medical visits, hospitalizations and further strain on the health care system. Immunizations are one of the major weapons available to combat the spread of infectious disease. Vaccinations play a key role in protecting our children and communities, making it one of the most effective public health interventions known to man.”
Special attention must be given to Kindergartners and 7th graders. In addition to the routine immunization schedule required for enrollment, incoming Kindergartners must also have a physical completed within one year of school enrollment. Incoming 7th graders are required to obtain a Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (TDAP) booster immunization before school starts on August 24th. The immunization must be documented on an updated Florida Certification of Immunization (DH 680 form) and submitted to the school.
An Immunization Clinics is being held at the following location:
Florida Department of Health
Havert L. Fenn Center
2000 Virginia Avenue
Fort Pierce, Fl 34982
By Appointment Only for Kindergartners and 7th graders
Call 772-462-3800 to schedule to an appointment.