As of late Tuesday, 2,103 seventh-grade Metro students still lack their required immunization shots, with many of them subject to be sent home from school, according to Metro Nashville Public Schools officials.
In all, Metro has more than 5,000 seventh-grade students. Under new state law, they’re required to have second tetanus immunization boosters and second varicella (chicken pox) boosters. Forty percent haven’t done so.
According to Metro schools spokeswoman Meredith Libbey, figures provided late Tuesday are the latest available.
Under the district’s policy, students have five days to receive the shots after being notified. Otherwise, they are to not return to school. That means many updated vaccination records were due Monday, Aug. 22.
The Metro Nashville Health Department has announced the Lentz Public Health Center’s fast lane immunization clinic –– which had been open to accommodate the vaccination demand –– closed Wednesday afternoon.
According to a press release, the health department will resume providing immunizations Thursday and Friday inside the Lentz Public Health Center.
Between Monday and Wednesday, more than 500 children received shots in the fast lane.