No shot, no school for many students across the state
No shot. No school.
Hundreds of students across North Carolina could be suspended Wednesday if they do not have the required Tdap vaccination.
Schools give students 30 days from the beginning of the school year to bring in vaccination paperwork from their doctor’s office. Wednesday is day 30.
If a student doesn’t have the paperwork from the doctor’s office, then he or she will be sent home from school.
Until Tuesday, CJ Stallings was one of the hundreds of students who had not received the vaccine.
“If you don’t get it then you can’t come to school, my teacher just told me recently,”CJ explained.
Stallings’ family was out-of-town for the summer and his mom assumed one phone call is all it would take to make a Tdap appointment.
“I absolutely thought they would have it available immediately when we got back,” Angela Stallings said.
She made several phone calls before finding somewhere that had the vaccine.
On Tuesday evening, the CVS Minute Clinic on Guilford County Road in Greensboro was sold out.
The Guilford County Health Department has been booked up with vaccine appointments for the past week.
At last check, Guilford County School District had 400 students that still needed to be vaccinated, Forsyth County had 300 and Alamance County had about 70.
Due to the number of students that still need the vaccination, the Guilford County Health Department has scheduled two walk-in clinics at their offices at 1100 East Wendover in Greensboro and 501 East Green Drive in High Point.
Both run from 8:30 a.m. –4:30 p.m Wednesday. All vaccines will be given on a walk-in basis.
Parents need to bring their child’s immunization record.