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Posted: Thursday, July 21, 2011 6:16 am | Updated: 6:17 am, Thu Jul 21, 2011.

The number of students in the Galt Joint Union High School District who have shown proof of receiving the new Tdap booster shot is significantly higher than officials reported last week.

A count of the hard copies of the vaccine documentation found that more than 60 percent of students are in compliance, compared to the 28 percent reported by a computer data query, according to district staff.

All students in California entering the seventh grade will need proof that they’ve received the booster shot. The requirement is for all students attending public or private schools. It does not, however, affect those enrolled in summer school.

The state law was passed in response to the high number of people diagnosed with whooping cough in California last year.

Galt high school district officials are confident that because so many of the students have had the vaccine — and because the state Legislature authorized a 30-day extension of the deadline — that they should be approaching full compliance by the district’s Sept. 21 deadline.

Last week, Lodi Unified School District Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer reported a 54 percent compliance rate. School in Lodi Unified starts Aug. 1, so all students must comply by Sept. 1 or be sent home until documentation is turned in to their school sites.

Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com.

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