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SSHS principal: Students can’t return to school without required immunization shots

SAIPAN Southern High School principal Vincent Dela Cruz has warned students that they will not be allowed to go to school unless they have received the required immunization shots.

Dela Cruz learned from the Division of Public Health Services’ Immunization Program that 88 students were not up-to-date with the immunization shots, and only two had parental consent to get them.

A team from the Immunization Program visited SSHS two weeks ago to administer vaccinations to students.

Before visiting a school, the Immunization Program will send out consent forms to the parents through the school.

At SSHS, which has over 700 students, Immunization Program response coordinator Gloria Ramon said many students showed up for the vaccination without parental consent forms. She said the students claimed they did not receive the forms.

Only two students were immunized that day, she added.

“We later found out that the students did not show the consent forms to their parents who were unaware of the ongoing immunization outreach,” she said.

Dela Cruz said the students who were not up-to-date were advised to go to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. clinic and get the immunization shots.

“Their parents are now bringing the children to the clinic,” he added.

He reiterated that SSHS will not allow the students to return to school until the immunization requirements are met.

“It is the law,” Dela Cruz said, referring to Public Law 6-10.

As of Monday, Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto said there were still 12 SSHS students who were not up-to-date.

Sasamoto said failure to update a child’s immunization may result in suspension from school until the immunization requirements are met.