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PSS: Immunization records of over 1,000 students not updated

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OVER 1,000 Public School System students have not updated their immunization records, PSS senior director Lynette Villagomez said.

In a report to the Board of Education on July 14, Villagomez said she met with Division of Public Health officials to inform them about the number of students who need to update their immunization records.

She noted that CNMI law  requires a student to present a health certificate when enrolling in school.

In order to acquire a health certificate, she added, students must update their immunization records.

“But the issue that they are facing now is Covid-19 and the social distancing rules,” Villagomez said, referring to the Public Health immunization program.

As part of the safety measures, the immunization program can only accommodate 35 appointments in the morning and another 35 in the afternoon.

But they have reached out to PSS to see how we can work together to make this a lot easier for parents to access updated immunization and  updated health certificates that students need to submit for school registration,” Villagomez said.

For school year 2020-2021, PSS has launched online registration for students.

“If a parent has it then they should be able to upload their child’s health certificate.  If they don’t have it, then they have 30 days — from the day that they submitted their online enrollment form — to submit it,” she added.

PSS is also requesting the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. to waive the $5 certificate fee for students, Villagomez said. “We are hoping we get a positive information on that so we can help our parents because we do have parents with more than one child,” she added.

For more information, visit the PSS Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cnmipss/photos/pcb.2330269250609494/2330280693941683

 

 

 

 

 

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