County officials are announcing extended hours for Monroe County’s Immunization Clinic as the start of the new school year gets underway.
Starting Sept. 5, and lasting through Wednesday, Oct. 3, the clinic on Westfall Road will welcome walk-ins between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
Extra walk-in hours will be offered between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Thursday, Sept. 20.
Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo points out that under state law, students who haven’t been properly vaccinated can be withheld from school.
“When a child does not have proper vaccinations, and a parent receives a letter that their child is not up to date with shots, that child is not allowed to go back to school,” she said.
“Fourteen days, that’s the time at which students may be withheld from going to school if their shots are not up to date, so we really want people to get proactive about this,” said Dr. Michael Mendoza, Monroe County commissioner of public health.
City School Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams adds that providing the clinic and extending the hours to help families and students is absolutely vital to ensuring that students are at school, on time, and in school every day.
Parents can contact their school or doctor to determine what shots their child requires.
The schedule for the clinic and a list of state-required immunizations can be found here.
Monroe County Health Commissioner Dr. Michael Mendoza is emphasizing the importance of getting kids their vaccinations.
County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says the extended clinic hours will make it easier for parents to give students a health head-start on a successful and productive school year.