Monday 16 September, 2019

No school for students without measles vaccine

Students who have not been vaccinated against measles will not be allowed to attend school come September.

Speaking at a media conference on Friday, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said some students who have not been vaccinated were being allowed into the education system due to insufficient checks made by schools.

The ban is in accordance with the Public Health (Nursery Schools and Primary Schools Immunisation) Act Section 3 (1) which states "no person may be admitted into any nursery school or primary school unless he produces to the principal thereof a certificate of immunisation with respect to every communicable disease."

The Minister put parents, guardians and school officials on notice that it is the Ministry's intention to "rigidly apply the law" as it relates to measles, mumps and rubella vaccines (MMRI and II).

Deyalsingh said while Trinidad and Tobago does not currently have a measles outbreak, the Ministry will embark on a vaccination drive to keep the virus out, as there have been concerns of measles entering Venezuela, Brazil and St Lucia.

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