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

Washtenaw County Health Department

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

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