SCHD encourages parents to vaccinate students with immunization clinic

MEMPHIS, TENN. — The call continues to get vaccinated against the coronavirus and a new surge continues in the Mid-South.

After a week of controversy in Tennessee about childhood vaccinations at large, the Shelby County Health Department is hosting a back-to-school one-stop fast track opportunity for kids to get shot records and immunizations of all kinds before school starts

Parents hope this will encourage more people to get vaccinated now that the Delta variant is spreading.

Shereen Carter recently took her 16-year-old daughter to get vaccinated against COVID-19. She says with the Delta Variant spreading across the country, that means her family needs to be prepared.

“The rest of my family was vaccinated, and she has asthma, so she has to go back to school, so it’s important for our safety, for our household as one and for her to be able to go back to school,” she said.

Interim Shelby County Health Director La Sonya Hall said Saturday’s one-stop-shop Immunization Clinic will encourage more parents to get their children vaccinated who were hesitant before.

The event will provide vaccinations needed for school and shots, like the COVID vaccine for kids 12 and older, that are recommended but not required.

“We want to make sure what we’re offering on tomorrow is for parents to not have to wait until the last minute but a one-stop location where they can come in knock it all out,” said Hall. “We just really want to stress the importance of getting vaccinated and staying on top of your vaccinations.”

Health leaders and parents hope a one-stop shop will motivate more patients.

The health department event is Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 814 Jefferson Avenue.

In addition to shots and shot records, you can even get a copy of a Tennessee birth certificate.

No appointments are necessary.