NOTICE TO PARENTS: Significant Changes to State Vaccination Process
Fort Worth, Texas – Classes will resume in the Fort Worth ISD before we know it. So, it is not too early to begin thinking about vaccinations required for the new school year. And parents: please take notice - there are changes that could impact many families.
Effective January 1, 2012, children who are covered by private, commercial insurance which covers vaccines are no longer eligible for the TVFC Program (Texas Vaccines for Children Program). This means that those children who are covered by such insurance will have to get their state required vaccines through their physician and not the public health department clinic. Under the previous policy no child was denied a vaccine at a public health department clinic.
Tarrant County Public Health Clinics (TCPH) will only immunize students who:
- Have Medicaid and Chip
- Do not have insurance
- Have insurance that does not cover vaccines or
- Are underinsured under the TVFC guidelines.
“There are no changes to the rules requiring certain vaccines nor are there any changes to the vaccines required to attend school,” said Alice Turner-Jackson, the District’s director of Health Services. “The only thing that has changed is where you will get those vaccines.”
Remember, your child will not be able to enroll or begin school on the first day without the required immunizations.
Specific information regarding vaccination requirements may be found on the home page of the Fort Worth ISD Health Services Department.
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