Thousands of public school students in Seattle, Washington, have been told they have just days to get vaccinated or they will not be allowed to return to classes after winter break.

The Seattle Public Schools district issued a notice to families about the necessary vaccinations after Washington state had two measles outbreaks in 2019.

The district told KOMO News in Seattle that roughly 2,300 of the district's 53,627 students still need to be vaccinated, and they have until January 8 to do so.

District officials have been hosting free immunizations clinics to help vaccinate children ahead of the deadline, according to USA Today.

Seattle Public Schools issued the notice on December 20, giving families nearly three weeks to vaccinate their children.

Officials cited Washington state law, and its recent decision to pass a bill that removes the "personal" and "philosophical" options to exempt children from the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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