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Students given more time for required vaccinations

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A number of  Arkansas students have been given more time to get their required vaccinations.

Jonesboro, Nettleton, Paragould and Greene County Tech School District have noticed a problem when it comes to students getting their vaccinations. Officials say the the health department is behind on vaccinations so some students don't have appointments until December.

A new state law requires students to receive vaccinations for several potential illnesses, including flu and chicken pox. The deadline to get those shots was Oct. 1, but local school districts are working to get students more time.  

"We have 125 high school students who still do not have appointments," said GCT Superintendent, Jerry Noble.

Those students have 10 days before they are not allowed at school. Noble said most students are having a hard time getting an appointment. He said as long as students have an appointment to get these shots they can still come to school. 

"I know we do have them as late as January and December but I don't know it may run even longer than that," he said. "There is a reason he has to have these immunizations so we need to get that taken care of as quickly as we can."

And down the road at the Paragould School District, nurses are dealing with the same problem. The new immunization requirements impact students of every grade.

"We probably have an estimated hundred that still need to get their vaccinations," said Director of Student Health Service, Lynn Treece. And this year they were not able to have mass clinics at the schools.

"The varicella vaccine which is the for chicken pox it cannot be transported, it has to remain at a certain temperature," she said. "We are willing to help in any way possible, the school nurses are working diligently."

Nursing staff at Jonesboro and Nettleton School Districts said they have at least 100 kids who are still in need of appointments. 

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