Vaccine Status of Students Being Checked

Posted On Tuesday November 05, 2019

The Interior Health Authority has a message about vaccination for parents of students attending SD73 schools.

“In the coming months, our staff will check the immunization records we have on file for school age children,” said Kamran Golmohammadi, Medical Health Officer, in a letter SD73 delivered to all parents.

“They will identify children whose records are missing or incomplete. Families of these children may be contacted. They will be asked to provide us with immunization information required under the regulation.”

Parents can use the online Vaccination Status Indicator tool to check if their child’s immunization record is missing or incomplete. It does not provide details, immunization status or history.

Golmohammadi said the health authority’s public health centres already have complete information on file for most children, so most families will not be contacted, and need take no action. If you are contacted, it may only mean there is a need to update some information for their files.

“It may not mean that your child is missing immunizations.”

BC’s new Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation is now law – it came into effect July 1, 2019. This regulation applies to all students in all schools under BC jurisdiction, including those who are home-schooled. It does not apply to children attending schools in First Nation communities.

"Collecting immunization information allows us to connect with families about the importance of disease prevention,” said Golmohammadi. “It also helps public health to control outbreaks by quickly identifying children who are not fully immunized and helps everyone get back to learning as soon as possible.”

For more information, parents are asked to visit the BC Vaccination Status Reporting Regulation page, or contact their local health centre to speak to a public health nurse.

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