The annual report from the Pennsylvania Department of Health shows a low number of vaccination exemptions for Delaware County for the 2016-17 school year, writes Heather Stauffer for Lancaster Online.
According to the report that covers kindergarten and seventh-grade students, Delaware County had just 0.2 percent in medical, 0.3 percent in religious, and 0.5 percent in philosophical exemptions, all below the state average.
The data for the current year does not yet show the effect of the shortened grace period. Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, regulators have reduced the grace period from eight months to five days for students to receive their required single-dose vaccines, and a minimum of the first dose of multi-dose ones to keep attending school.
According to initial reports, this change has caused issues for school districts at the start of the school year, despite their best efforts.
Dr. Loren Robinson, a deputy secretary at the Pennsylvania Department of Health, said the numbers should be available by the end of April. However, she noted that “we did not see as many children excluded from school as there had been concern about.”
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