MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Health says more than 600 kindergartners enrolled in Shelby County Schools last year without records showing they were fully vaccinated.
The Commercial Appeal reported Monday that the state agency says those children also didn’t have either of the religious or medical waivers allowing attendance without a full set of immunizations. Of the nearly 8,900 children in county schools in January 2018, 503 had incomplete records and 124 didn’t have any records at all.
The district director of exceptional children and health services, Shawn Page, says records can show as incomplete for a variety of reasons, including forms being from another state. District officials say the data has prompted it to hire at least four compliance officers.
According to the department's Kindergarten Immunization Compliance Assessment, 95.9 percent of kindergartners were fully immunized in Knox County in the 2017-2018 year.