The Secretary of Education, Eligio Hernández Pérez, joined the vaccination campaign led by the Voces organization (Coalition for Immunization and Health Promotion of Puerto Rico) to urge the parents of students in the public system to comply with the vaccination requirements and keep young children healthy even while being estranged due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Minister of Education, beyond making the public call as part of the requirements that requires The agency Law 25, indicated that the primary interest is that parents are aware of the importance of vaccinating their children to avoid contagion of other diseases and conditions such as influenza.
"Our call has always been to prioritize Health above other considerations, vaccinating our children and young people prevents them from being infected with other severe conditions. Being in the middle of a pandemic due to Covid-19 we must vaccinate them as a preventive and health measure. It is important that parents collaborate in this effort that we make together with an entity that has been creating a culture of vaccination in our society for years ”, expressed Hernández Pérez.
Despite the fact that the first weeks of beginning of classes will be virtually With the various modalities that the DE advanced a few weeks ago, the process of keeping students' vaccinations up to date is the responsibility of parents.
They must present in schools the evidence that their children's vaccines are up to date. day according to the student's age and grade.
It is a process similar to the one carried out at the beginning of each school year.
He explained that elementary, middle and high school students must comply with the minimum dose requirements for the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis, Polio, Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib), Hepatitis B, Common Measles, German Measles, Mumps, Varicella and Pneumococcal vaccine, according at his age.
“Every adolescent from 11 to 18 years of age must comply with a dose of the vaccine against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap). 11-year-olds should have one dose of the Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MCV4) and a second dose of it at 16 years of age. Likewise, they will need at least the first dose of the vaccine against the human papilloma virus, that adolescent of 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 years of age and complete the series as recommended in the Vaccination Itinerary ”, Secretary Hernández Pérez reported.
On the other hand, regarding exemptions to vaccinate for religious and medical reasons, he indicated that they have to be delivered to the educational institution.
A sworn statement requesting religious exemption must indicate religion and have the signatures of the parent or legal guardian and the minister of religion.
A certification requesting medical exemption must be signed by a doctor authorized to practice the profession in Puerto Rico and must indicate the specific reason and the possible duration of contraindicated conditions or circumstances of one or more of the required vaccinations.