TDaP vaccine remains a requirement

Rayna Kim, Writer

All students are required to get the TDaP vaccine in order to attend in-person instruction during the 2020-2021 school year, if not already vaccinated, according to the Code of VA requirements for mandatory immunizations. The TDaP vaccine prevents tetanus (T), diphtheria (D) and whooping cough/pertussis (aP). 

Students will not be permitted to attend face-to-face instruction or participate in any in-school activities until meeting this requirement. For students enrolled in FCPS that have not received the mandatory TDaP vaccine, FCPS will temporarily offer only virtual learning until the student has gotten the vaccine. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some people avoided going to the doctor. However, as Shauna Severo, FCPS Health Department’s Director of Health Services, has said, “As restrictions continue to ease, children not up to date on their immunizations will be at a greater risk for vaccine-preventable illnesses.”  

 For questions about immunization or to send proof of TDaP immunization, a guardian/parent should contact Andrea Tawil.