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Virginia Department of Health hosting back-to-school vaccine clinics

Vaccination rates among children are low following the pandemic

Ahead off the return to school, VDH is hosting school immunization clinics.
Ahead off the return to school, VDH is hosting school immunization clinics.

ROANOKE, Va – The Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts are hosting free clinics so children can get all their back-to-school shots over the next several weeks.

New legislation passed in the Virginia General Assembly last year has changed requirements for students of all ages.

Because of the pandemic, vaccination rates among children are low, according to health experts.

“Vaccination rates are significantly down across the country. So not only are we playing catch up with these vaccines but also in the state of Virginia, there are new vaccine requirements for kindergartners, seventh graders and rising seniors,” explained Jerryann West a public health and nurse supervisor

The COVID-19 vaccine will not be offered at the clinics.

VDH is hosting several vaccination clinics for students (Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)
VDH is hosting back to school vaccine clinics over the next several weekends (Copyright 2020 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.)

About the Author:

Annie Schroeder joined the 10 News team as a reporter in June 2020 and is no stranger to Southwest Virginia.