Metro School Officials Remind Parents To Vaccinate Students

Posted at 4:51 PM, Aug 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 18:05:00-04

Metro Nashville Schools officials warned parents to ensure that their children are up to date on their immunizations.

The message targeted parents of 7th graders. If students didn’t have their vaccines updated by Monday, they would not be allowed to attend school.

Nearly 5,000 students enrolled, but more than 50% had not been vaccinated.

District officials said it's important students receive immunizations this week so they don't start the school year with an absence.

"Well it is a big deal because schools are covering, teachers are covering school procedures, practices, expectations, and we want our students to get a very strong foothold and good start onto the school year; so being there every day and being there all day every day is just important for them to getting acclimated to the culture and expectations,” said Dr. Tony Majors.

All three health departments would remain open until 4:30 p.m. throughout the week vaccinating students.

The Woodbine location would stay open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays.