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Help for college students with vaccination costs

The “No shots, no school, no kidding” policy that you hear about at the primary and secondary schools is also applicable for college students.

Last year, the 82nd Texas Legislature revised an existing statutory requiring all new college students under the age of 30 years old to be vaccinated against the bacterial meningitis. The policy became effective January 1, 2012.

Unfortunately, many college students are uninsured or simply cannot afford to pay the costly vaccination, so cafécollege and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District have partnered to help college students pay for the vaccine. Over 100 students have taken advantage of the free voucher program to aid with the costs, according to cafécollege personnel.

According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), “The revision now requires all entering students to show evidence of an initial bacterial meningitis vaccine or a booster dose during the five-year period preceding, and at least 10 days prior to, the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution.”

Students can pick up the free vouchers at cafécollege, 131 El Paso St. No appointments are necessary; walk-ins welcome. For more information about the vaccine voucher program, call 210-207-4528.

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