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As many as 1,500 Multnomah County youth didn’t get required immunizations last school year due to the Covid-19 pandemic and distance learning. Some vaccines are required for students to return to school and stay healthy. In order to help families catch up and for the broader community to get their Covid-19 vaccine as well, the Multnomah County Health Department is offering two back-to-school vaccination events beginning next week.
The two free events, Aug.18 in Southeast Portland and Aug.24 in North Portland, are offered by the County Community Health Center and Student Health Center to help get kids up-to-date on required school immunizations.
It also gives people 12 and older the opportunity to get a Covid-19 vaccine (under 15 must be with a parent or guardian). Those who receive the Covid-19 vaccine are eligible to receive a gift card. Prizes and food will be provided.
All vaccines are provided at no cost.
“We want to make sure parents know it’s okay if their children have fallen behind on their immunizations and we are here to help them catch up,” said Katie Strawn, site medical director for Student Health Centers. “Staying up to date on childhood shots is more important than ever to make sure all kids are healthy and ready to learn when they head back to school in September.”
If you received an exclusion letter from school or the Health Department, bring it with you. And bring your child’s immunization record and insurance card, if you have them. Call 503-988-5558 to schedule your appointment. Appointments are recommended but drop-ins are also welcome.
Wednesday, Aug. 18
9a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fabric Depot, 700 SE 122nd Ave
Tuesday, Aug. 24
9a.m. to 4 p.m.
Arbor Lodge, 7440 N Denver Ave
Source: Multnomah County Health