105 students in Kennewick School District out of compliance for MMR vaccine

Some Kennewick students still not in compliance with MMR requirements

TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Kids are now back in school in the Tri-Cities and some students are still not in compliance with the mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination requirements.

A Washington state law passed last year removes personal and philosophical options to exempt children from the MMR vaccine. According to the Kennewick School District, 105 students are out of compliance for the vaccine.

Robyn Chastain, the district’s spokesperson, said the “number includes some new students who have 30 days to get updated vaccinations. It also includes “students in transition,” meaning they are either homeless or recently went into temporary housing. According to the district. being a transitional student means they cannot be excluded from school for being out of compliance.

“When the law changed for MMR, we saw most families change from the personal exemption to another exemption to maintain compliance and keep their children enrolled,” Chastain told KAPP-KVEW.

Some students possibly included in the number may have their first shot, but have 30 days to get the second one.

Over at the Richland School District, 173 students did not have the vaccine or had not provided documents of a valid exemption. That number is from the beginning of December.

Richland and Pasco school districts are working to compile a recent number of students who have been excluded because they are not in compliance.

An exact number from Pasco School District was not available.