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Health Department, RPS collaborate to provide in-school immunization clinics

RPS families are encouraged to sign the RPS-provided consent form and have their 6th and 11th graders receive their school-required immunizations ahead of the traditional Back-to-School season. 

Trevor Dickerson

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The Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) and Richmond Public Schools (RPS) are partnering to offer in-school immunization clinics in February and March. RPS families are encouraged to sign the RPS-provided consent form and have their 6th and 11th graders receive their school-required immunizations ahead of the traditional Back-to-School season.

“Now is a great time for all 6th and 11th graders to receive their required immunizations for the next school year,” said RHHD Nurse Manager, Amy Popovich. “In-school clinics provide a convenient way for families to stay up to date on these safe and effective vaccines, making sure their child is ready to start the next school year strong.”

“Our vaccination program is a vital part of our Wellness and health efforts at RPS, said Chief Wellness Officer, Renesha Parks. “Partnering with RHHD means that families and students can take care of a critical step in the enrollment process without needing to leave the school building. We’re committed to lowering barriers facing our students and grateful to everyone who makes this possible.”

Current 6th and 11th graders at the following schools are invited to attend on-site immunization clinics. These events are for the students at each school only. See below for additional immunization appointment options.

Wednesday, Feb. 21 

9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Lucille Brown Middle School 

 

Thursday, March 7 

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. 

Open High School 

Tuesday, March 19 

9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 

Thomas C. Boushall Middle School 

 

Tuesday, Feb 27 

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Franklin Military Academy 

 

Tuesday, March 12

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Albert Hill Middle School

 

Thursday, March 21

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson High School

 

Thursday, Feb. 29 

10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Armstrong High School 

 

Thursday, March 14

9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Richmond Alternative School

 

Tuesday, March 26

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Richmond Community High School

 

Wednesday, March 6 

10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

River City Middle School 

 

Thursday, March 14

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Dogwood Middle School

 

 

The following immunizations for 6th graders will be provided at these events:

  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, & Pertussis Vaccine (Tdap)
    Booster dose required after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry.
  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY)
    The first dose shall be administered after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry.

The following immunizations for 11th graders will be provided at these events:

  • Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine (MenACWY) Effective July 1, 2021
    Two properly spaced doses of meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MenACWY). The first dose shall be administered after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry. The second dose shall be administered prior to entry to the twelfth grade. One dose is required for 12th -grade entry if the first dose is received at or after 16 years of age.

Also required but not provided at these events:

  • Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV), Effective July 1, 2021
    Two properly spaced doses of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine (for males and females). The first dose shall be administered after age 11 and prior to 7th grade entry. Parents may opt-out of this vaccine after they have received information from RPS and are encouraged to speak with their child’s pediatrician to make an informed decision. Students are not excluded for HPV non-compliance.

Immunization Appointment Opportunities for Families Whose Children Cannot Attend an In-School Event

Families without insurance or who are enrolled in Medicaid can schedule appointments at an RHHD clinic by calling (804) 205-3501 and can find more information at rhhd.gov/childhoodvax. The Vaccines for Children Program (VFC) provides free vaccines for uninsured, underinsured, and Medicaid-enrolled children. Families can search for a nearby VFC provider using this tool rhhd.gov/vfc.

Families with private insurance may schedule appointments with their primary care physician, a local pharmacy, or one of RHHD’s community partners and can learn more by visiting rhhd.gov/childhoodvax-partners.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.