Schools require vaccinations for students enrolled in online learning


TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Tri-Cities school districts are requiring students to get the proper vaccinations before school starts, which will now be easier after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued an amendment that allows pharmacists to administer vaccines.

The Kennewick School District told KAPP-KVEW that vaccinations are still required even during online learning.

“Regarding vaccinations, all students, including students enrolled in remote/online learning, must have updated immunizations to enroll in school,” said Robyn Chastain, Executive Director of Communications and Public Relations for the Kennewick School District.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made it easier for families to get vaccinations by issuing an amendment on Wednesday which authorizes state licensed pharmacists to administer vaccines.

The Richland School District told KAPP-KVEW the Washington State Department of Health advised them that the rules for immunization apply even with the online start to school.

Experts from the University of Washington Medicine are also reminding the public of vaccinations.

“The more people who get a flu vaccine the fewer people are going to get influenza,” said Dr. John Lynch, Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Harborview Medical.

Lynch says that when people come to the hospital with symptoms it will be easier to asses patients for COVID-19 or the flu knowing whether or not they received a vaccination.