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Local Health Departments Ready For Back To School Immunizations

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Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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Bay County health officials are offering a two week immunization clinic ahead of students returning to school.  

Spokeswoman Heather Kretzer says the program covers the full range of shots to protect against diseases like hepatitis B, polio and measles.

“These are required for children who are entering kindergarten and seventh grade,” Kretzer says, “there are very specific requirements before they can enter public school.”

The Bay County Health Department is offering immunizations right now if parents want to skip the lines, but the back to school clinic will run weekdays from August 7-18.  Organizers will also have optional HPV and meningitis vaccines on hand for 11 and 12 year olds.

Local officials are planning similar programs in many counties across the state.  In Leon County immunizations are available by appointment or at a walk-in clinic Tuesday and Thursday afternoons through July 27.

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Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.