New Maryland school immunization requirements that were established in 2013 have resulted in the following vaccination requirements for the start of the 2015-2016 school year:
|Grade Level||Immunization Requirement|
|Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students||VaricellaTwo (2) doses of Varicella vaccine are required for Kindergarten and 1st grade|
|7th and 8th Grade Students||TdapA single dose of Tdap vaccine is required for all students entering 7th and 8th grade|
|MeningococcalA single dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine is required for all students entering 7th and 8th grade|
All students in the affected grades who are entering Calvert County Public Schools for the 2015-2016 school year should receive these vaccines prior to the start of school. In the event, however, that students do not have the required vaccines, schools may temporarily admit them. In order to admit or retain a student temporarily, the student’s parent or guardian shall present evidence of the student’s appointment with a health care provider or local health department to receive a required immunization; reconstruct a lost record; or acquire evidence of age-appropriate immunity. It further requires that the date of the appointment may not be later than 20 calendar days following the date the student was temporarily admitted to school.
Students out of compliance with the immunization requirements may not be admitted to school without the evidence of an appointment. The parent must present evidence of an appointment the first day a student is admitted.
Evidence of an appointment may include the following:
- An appointment slip or note from the health care provider’s office of an appointment no later than 20 calendar days from the date the student is temporarily admitted or retained;
- A verbal or written statement signed by the parent/guardian that contains the appointment date, no later than 20 calendar days from the date the student is temporarily admitted or retained, with a health care provider, or
- A verbal or written statement by the parent/guardian indicating the parent/guardian’s intent to attend a local health department immunization clinic within the next 20 calendar days.
Once students are admitted, they must keep the appointment and obtain the required documentation of immunization compliance or be excluded the day after the appointment.
The Calvert County Health Department will hold immunization clinics several times this summer. Children through the age of 18 must meet one of the following criteria to be eligible to attend the Vaccines for Children (VFC) Immunization Clinic:
- Health insurance through the state (medical assistance/Medicaid)
- Uninsured (has no health insurance)
- American Indian or Alaska Native (As defined by the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (25 U.S.C 1603))
- Underinsured by private health coverage (A child who has private health insurance but the coverage does not include vaccines or only covers select vaccines)
There is a fee of $23.28 per vaccine administered. For children who are insured by the state, the $23.28
fee per vaccine will be billed to their state health insurance. All other children who are VFC eligible will be responsible for the payment of $23.28 per vaccine out of pocket. If there is a true inability to pay, the fees can be waived on a case by case basis. Call 410‐535‐5400 ext. 334 to schedule an appointment.
Children who are not eligible to attend the VFC Immunization Clinic (children who have private health insurance) need to be referred to their Primary Medical Provider. The Health Department may see these children on a case by case basis for Immunizations. The full cost of each vaccine will be charged (payment plans and fee scales are available). The Health Department will provide upon request a receipt with billing codes to submit to an insurance company for possible reimbursement. To schedule an appointment call 410‐535‐5400 ext. 347.
Clinics will be held at the Calvert County Health Department on the following dates:
- Every Tuesday in August and September: 1:00-3:30 pm for VFC eligible students only. Appointments are needed.
- August 13, 2015: 4:00-7:00 pm for all school-age children who need “Back to school Vaccines” (varicella, Tdap, & MCV4). No appointments are needed; walk-ins welcome. Vaccines are free for all students.
- September 10, 2015: 9:00-3:00 pm for all school-age children who need “Back to school Vaccines” (varicella, Tdap, & MCV4). Appointments are needed. Vaccines are free for all students.