Free back to school immunizations for VCF-eligible children Aug. 4

ROCKWALL – Free back-to-school immunizations will be provided for age 18 and under students who are VCF-eligible (Vaccines for Children) by the Caring For Children Foundation of Texas, Aug. 4, 10 am – 1 pm, at First United Methodist Church in Rockwall, 1200 E Yellow Jacket Rd.

According to Foundation spokesperson Lynda Shirley, a student is eligible to receive these free immunizations if he/she:

• Has no insurance or has insurance that does not cover vaccines
• Is covered by CHIP or Medicaid
• Is American Indian or Alaskan Native

Families with insurance are encouraged to check with their insurance company to verify covered vaccines.

“Specifically, HPV for boys may not be covered by insurance,” she said.

“August is National Immunization Awareness Month and kids need their shots before heading back to school.”

As of Jan. 1, Texas law requires meningococcal vaccination for college admission.

“Students who have not turned 19 and who are VFC-eligible may receive the meningococcal vaccination, as well as other highly recommended vaccinations at these clinics.” she added.

Parents or guardians must bring child’s immunization record. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For info, contact: Lynda Shirley at 800-258-5437 or 214-673-2410 or Lynda_Shirley@bcbstx.com.

By J.J. Smith


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