Sep 03

Childhood Vaccinations Still Required, Legal Services Can Help.

St. Louis (Sept. 3, 2020) – Regardless if students are attending Missouri schools in the classroom o

r remotely at home, the requirements for standard vaccinations are still in place.

According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the 2020-2021 Missouri School Immunization Requirements must be up-to-date and “students must present documentation of the immunization status.”

“Upon investigation, we have confirmed that children must still have current vaccinations even if they are attending school virtually,” said Geoff Oliver of Legal Services of Eastern Missouri.

Routine childhood vaccinations are needed to help children stay safe and healthy.
According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as of April 2020 vaccinations for children age 18 and younger were down by nearly 50 percent compared to the previous year.

“If families need help accessing health care for their children, including vaccinations, Legal Services can help,” stated attorney Oliver.” As schools re-open, we want to remind families that Legal Services is a resource for you and your children during these troubling times,” he added.

“Services for families and children include free health insurance enrollment help for families eligible for no-cost or low-cost health insurance and help with issues with Missouri’s Managed Care Medicaid (MO
HealthNet) programs.”

To see if your children qualify for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, please contact Legal Services of Eastern Missouri at 314-256-8735. Outside of the St. Louis region call 800-444-0514 for help from Legal Services’ Union or Hannibal offices.

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About Legal Services of Eastern Missouri: Legal Services of Eastern Missouri has provided free civil legal help for low-income families for 64 years. In 2019, nearly 30,000 people in 21 counties of eastern Missouri received services from four regional offices. For more information, please visit www.lsem.org.