Free back-to-school immunizations available this Saturday in Shelby County, health department says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department is offering free back-to-school immunizations, later this week.

The health department teamed up with community partners, including Memphis-Shelby County Schools, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, UT Health Science Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Latino Memphis, and MATA, according to a press release.

The immunizations will be offered at the Memphis-Shelby County Schools Board of Education, which is in the 100 block of S Hollywood Street.

It will be on May 21 and last from 10 AM - 2 PM, the health department said.

“Vaccination is a critical part of preventative health care, especially for children,” said Dr. Michelle Taylor, director, of the Shelby County Health Department. “Vaccinations not only protect children against deadly diseases, such as polio, tetanus, and diphtheria, but they also keep others safe by eliminating or greatly decreasing the spread of infectious disease from child to child. I strongly encourage all parents to take advantage of this opportunity to get their children up to date on immunizations at no cost.”

Families may sign up for an appointment time online

Appointments are not required.

Walk-ins will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parents are encouraged to bring their child’s vaccination records with them, but if they cannot locate records, the health department can assist, according to a press release.

MATA will also offer free bus passes at the event to assist families with transportation, the health department said.

Additional immunization events for children of all ages are planned for later in the summer at the MSCS Training Learning Academy, which is in the 2400 block of Union Avenue.

  • Jul. 16 – 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Jul. 23 – 10 AM - 2 PM
  • Aug. 6 – 10 AM - 2 PM