Sep. 08, 2017

HAZLETON – With the 2017-18 school year in full swing, state Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is reminding parents of a free back-to-school immunization clinic being offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

“The clinic will be held Friday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to noon at Annunciation Parish (St. Gabriel’s Church), 122 S. Wyoming St., Hazleton, and is being conducted by appointment only,” said Toohil.

“Both children who are uninsured and state Medicaid insured are eligible to be vaccinated. If you are a private payer, you must call a doctor and see if they have the vaccine available in their office.”

According to new state laws, parents had until the fifth day of the school year to get their children fully immunized, which is a change from prior state policy that gave them eight months to get that accomplished.

“Our office is available to assist school district residents with accessing health care and the vaccinations are a vital and necessary requirement that must be fulfilled,” Toohil added. “Due to the stricter requirements of the Pennsylvania school truancy laws, students and families are much more concerned with students missing days.”

Parents are required to bring a copy of their child’s immunization record to the clinic. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this free service should call the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s local office at (570) 826-2071 to schedule an appointment.

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Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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