19K Philly students face school ban for not having all state-required shots

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Thousands of Philadelphia public school students are at risk of being shut out of classes because they don’t have the required routine immunizations.

More than 19,000 students don’t have all of their vaccinations, Superintendent William Hite announced Wednesday.

The School District of Philadelphia is not mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for students, but Hite said immunizations for measles, mumps and other diseases are required before school begins later this month.

“Any student who is noncompliant with the state-mandated immunizations by Aug. 31, which coincides with our first day of school, will be excluded from school,” Hite said at a news conference outside the Maria de Los Santos Health Center in Fairhill.

“This is a state mandate, meaning that students will not be allowed to enter school buildings and will be marked as having an unexcused daily absence until their immunization records are updated.”