The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department has expanded clinic hours to meet the increasing demand for back-to-school immunizations. No appointments are necessary. Participants should plan to arrive early. The change in time only applies to the childhood immunization clinic.
To accommodate the large number of children seeking immunizations, the clinic schedule has expanded to include lunch hours on most days. Clinic registration is Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for the remainder of the back-to-school immunization rush. Children registered during those times will be seen the same day. There will also be a Saturday Clinic on Aug. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“Although parents can get their child’s back-to-school immunizations anytime in the summer, we always see a rush as the first day of school nears,” said Ron Griffin, division manager, Communicable Disease Prevention and Public Health Preparedness. “We encourage parents to make sure their child is current with their immunizations before they get to the first day of school as many schools will not admit them without updated vaccinations or a religious waiver.”
Parents and guardians will need to present a copy of their child’s shot records or a letter from the child’s school stating what shots are needed. If the child has previously had shots at the Health Department, parents and guardians may get a copy of the shot record when they register at the event.
Immunizations are free for children who have no insurance, who have limited insurance that does not cover immunization or who are eligible for Medicaid’s Vaccine For Children program.
Immunizations are available daily in the Health Department’s immunization clinic during regular clinic hours.
For more information about this event, call the Health Department at 816-513-6108. For more information on childhood immunizations, visit our Web page at www.kcmo.org/health.