New Immunization requirements for 11th graders

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BLAKELY, GA. (WDHN) — In Georgia, a new state policy is requiring eleventh graders to get an immunization shot.

The shot is to protect all kids from the Meningococcal disease, an illness that affects the brain and spinal cord. Early County Superintendent Dr. Bronwyn Ragan-Martin told WDHN that it’s urgent for parents to ensure their kids get this shot or face not returning to school.

“They need to have it by August 15th, or they’re not going to be able to come back to school, because it’s a state requirement,” Ragan-Martin said. “So we are working diligently to make sure we contacted all of these students to let them know that the meningitis booster is required this year.”

Despite the year-long controversy over masks and shots in general, it’s a requirement that they must follow.

“We want to make sure that we are providing a safe environment for all our students and that does include, in my opinion, being immunized,” Ragan-Martin said.

As school creeps back up, Early County starts back on August 2. Dr. Ragan-Martin explained how excited she was and how she looks forward to the new school year.

While certain guidelines like handwashing and social distancing will be followed, other rules like mask-wearing are encouraged.

“Kids are coming back Monday so we are all really excited. We’re gonna try to be normal as possible and yet as safe as possible, so we are still strongly encouraging masks, “Ragan-Martin said.

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