Worcester offering free back to school vaccine clinics
WORCESTER CO., Md. – The Worcester County Health Department is hosting free clinics to make sure students get the required vaccines before school starts. Officials announced four different free clinics that will take place during the last week of August.
The first one is in Snow Hill on August 26th at 6040 Public Landing Road. Then there will be two in Berlin at 9730 Healthway Drive on August 27th and then again on September 5th. The county is also offering a clinic in Pocomoke at 400-A Walnut Street on August 29th. All clinics will be open from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For the 2019-2020 school year, students are required to have:
- Two doses of Varicella vaccine for all students entering Kindergarten through 5th grade
- A single dose of Tdap vaccine students entering 7th – 12th grade
- A single dose of Meningococcal (MCV4) vaccine for students entering 7th – 12th grade
In addition to the required vaccines for school, officials also recommend that seventh and eighth graders get the HPV vaccine which helps prevent several different types of cancer.
Officials say, “Students who do not have the required vaccinations can be excluded from school unless they provide official documentation of a medical contraindication or religious exemption. With proof of an appointment to receive the vaccine(s) within 20 calendar days, a student can temporarily be admitted to school. This portion of the law is not intended to delay vaccination, but instead is designed special situations, such as a new student who may have just moved to the area from another state or country.”
Appointments aren’t needed but they are recommended. For more information about required vaccines or these clinics you can call the Health Department at 410-632-1100.