Back-to-school checklists may include routine vaccinations and Mesa County Public Health is here to help make it as easy as possible.

We’re hosting a Back-to-School Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, August 5th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is a walk-in clinic, so no appointment is needed. Parents can bring their child at a time that works best for them.

“We’re all about prevention. Vaccines prevent individual kids from getting serious illnesses and in turn prevent illness spreading from one child to another. This helps make for a smoother school year,” said Allison Sanchez, Clinical Services Manager at Mesa County Public Health.

Parents should bring their child’s immunization record with them, as well as their insurance card. If needed, nurses can check records to see which vaccines are needed. The clinic accepts all major health insurance plans, however, there are programs available for those without insurance. 

 “For children without insurance, we can provide vaccinations at low cost. We will work with all families to make sure kids get what they need for school,” said Sanchez.

The COVID-19 vaccine will also be available at the clinic if families are interested. Many families got behind on routine vaccinations during the pandemic. The Public Health Clinic is working to help families get back on track.

“Having those conversations with parents about where they are and where they need to be and setting up a timeline is really what we aim for to get them caught up as soon as we can,” said Sanchez.

If parents have any concerns about vaccinations, nurses will be on hand to answer questions.