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Leon County Health Officials Urge Parents To Schedule Back To School Vaccinations For Students

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If families can't see their family health care provider, Leon County Health Department Officials want parents to call 850-404-6356 to set up an appointment for their child to get the required vaccines for school.

The Leon County Health Department is urging parents to call and set up appointments to get their students' required vaccines before the start of the next school year. Health officials hope to avoid large numbers of families from coming in at the last minute.

In the past, Leon County Health Department officials reported seeing more than 100 people come in the day before school starts to get their child vaccinated, but now, the department is trying to avoid that surge due to COVID-19. However, they've run into some problems when reaching out to families—some of the numbers on file are either wrong or not working. Officials are now asking parents to see if their family health care provider can see their child for back to school vaccinations. If not, they're urging parents to call 850-404-6356 to set up an appointment with the department. Appointment time slots may be limited.

Leon County Health Department officials ask families to have only one parent accompany the child needing immunization. Families will wait in their car and call the scheduling number 850-404-6403 to check-in. Then, a nurse will come out, and the staff will take peoples' temperature at the entrance. Clients are encouraged to wear masks.

Robbie Gaffney graduated from Florida State University with degrees in Digital Media Production and Creative Writing. Before working at WFSU, they recorded FSU’s basketball and baseball games for Seminole Productions as well as interned for the PBS Station in Largo, Florida. Robbie loves playing video games such as Shadow of the Colossus, Animal Crossing, and Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles. Their other hobbies include sleeping and watching anime.