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H1N1 Shots to Remain Voluntary

The Ministry of Education has said that it will not make vaccinations compulsory for primary school pupils despite the low turnout during the first week of the campaign.

“There are no moves at the ministry to make it compulsory, neither are there at the ,” said the Education Ministry’s head of School Health, Soleiman Al-Shehri.

Al-Shehri said, however, that the public should be more aware of the importance of taking the vaccination. “We are still at the beginning of the campaign and still collecting data, and we should have information by the end of the campaign’s second week,” he said, adding that health and medical staff should make every effort to make the public aware of the vaccination’s importance.

Initial reports on the swine flu vaccination campaign show that the turnout has been very low, a fact as yet neither confirmed nor denied by the ministries of Education and Health.

A nationwide Ministry of Health survey conducted prior to the campaign suggested that 65 percent of school pupils’ parents did not intend to sign approval for their children to be vaccinated.

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