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State Temporarily Suspends Immunization, Health Assessment Requirements for School, College

Sep 27, 2018

FAYETTEVILLE – The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has temporarily suspended all childhood immunization requirements for children entering school or child care for the first time. This suspension covers children entering pre-K through 12th grade and also includes individuals attending private or public colleges and universities in North Carolina.

The suspension covers the time period Sept. 21 through Nov. 1 and will not count toward the 30 calendar days following the child’s first date of attendance to meet requirements for submitting required documents. The suspension was issued to give families more time to meet immunization requirements due to potential barriers caused by Hurricane Florence.

State Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Tilson ordered the suspension of all childhood immunization requirements after Gov. Roy Cooper declared a State of Emergency on Sept. 7. Gov. Cooper also issued an executive order Sept. 26 suspending health assessment, immunization and reporting requirements due to the impact of Hurricane Florence.

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health wishes to remind parents and individuals that the suspension is temporary and that it is still important to make sure children entering school or day care and individuals entering college obtain health assessments and immunizations, with documentation, as required by state law. After the grace period ends Nov. 1, parents and individuals will have 30 days to comply.

Immunization Clinic normal hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Appointments are not required. The clinic is located in the Public Health Center, 1235 Ramsey St., Fayetteville. For more information call the Immunization Clinic at 910-433-3633 or go to co.cumberland.nc.us/health.