Vaccine Clinic For Kids Going Into 7th Grade To Be Held Next Week

The Frederick County Health Departments says it will be by appointment only.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – The Frederick County Health Department is holding a Back to School vaccination clinic next week. Officials say vaccines against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis or whooping cough, (DPT) and meningitis (MCV4) will be administered on Wednesday, August 3rd from 8:00 AM until 12:00 Noon. .

The clinic is for incoming 7th graders who have no health insurance; or whose insurance doesn’t cover the cost of vaccinations; or are unable to get vaccinated by their health care providers.

These vaccinations are required for children attending school in Maryland.

The Health Department says this vaccination clinic is by appointment only; no walk-ins will be accepted. Those who want their children vaccinated and meet the requirements can call 301-600-3342 to make an appointment.

If you’ve  scheduled an appointment for your child, the Health Department says children 18 years of age and younger  must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Parents or guardians who are not bringing their child need to send a written note giving the individual bringing the child authorization to have that child  vaccinated. In addition, all vaccinated children must remain at the clinic for observation after being vaccinated. The Health Department also says one parent or guardian may accompany children who have an appointment; additional persons will not be be admitted. Face coverings are required at this site, and do not come to the vaccination clinic if a child or parent/guardian has any symptoms or are awaiting COVID test results.

The Heath Department says other vaccination clinics will be held in the future, and, in those cases, they will be by appointment only. Parents and guardians can also get their children’s  vaccinations from their local pediatricians.

By Kevin McManus