• Free Immunization Clinic Will be Held at McDaniel High School Ahead of Upcoming Exclusion Date

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    Dear PPS Families,

    Portland Public Schools will host a free immunization clinic for students who are not up to date on required vaccines. Under Oregon law, students who have not received required immunizations by Wednesday, April 20 will be not be able to attend school until they do so or receive an approved exemption.

    Immunization Clinic Information:

    • Where: McDaniel High School, 2735 NE 82nd Ave.
    • Date: Wednesday, April 13
    • Hours: 3:45 to 6:30 p.m.

    Each year, the state of Oregon has an “exclusion date” by which students must receive the required vaccinations. During the 2020-21 school year, the exclusion date was waived as classes were held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s date was originally February 16, but was pushed back two months because of the pandemic. Families with students who are not fully immunized will have received an exclusion letter on March 2.

    The required immunizations cover a variety of diseases and are important tools to keep communicable diseases from becoming major issues. In 2019, for example, immunization was an important tool in containing an outbreak of measles in the area.

    Although the COVID-19 vaccination is not on the current list of required immunizations, COVID-19 vaccine shots will be available at the clinic, which will be co-sponsored by the Multnomah County Health Department and Multnomah Education Service District.

    In addition to the McDaniel clinic, an immunization clinic will be held at David Douglas High School on Saturday, April 16. Immunizations are also available at student health centers at six PPS high schools: Roosevelt, Jefferson, McDaniel, Franklin, Benson and Cleveland. Please see the attached flier for more information.

    For information on your student’s immunization records, please contact your school. The state allows medical or nonmedical exemptions from immunizations; learn more at the Oregon Health Authority website.