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Washtenaw County Health Department Says School Immunizations Are Still Needed During COVID-19

Sep 1, 2020

The Washtenaw County Health Department says children are still required to get immunized for school, even if they will be learning virtually this fall because of COVID-19.  

Students who are entering kindergarten, seventh grade, or anyone who is attending a new school is required to get vaccinated.  Christina Zilke is the county’s nursing supervisor and says if children don’t get immunized, it could cause a health problem when they return to in-person instruction.   

Christina Zilke: If there is an outbreak of something, it has the capacity to spread a little bit more than it would normally because we haven’t had those routines checked.     

Zilke says, in Michigan, immunizations have decreased by about 30% because of COVID-19.  As of now, COVID-19 testing is not required for students to return to school in-person.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu