York City to hold student-immunization clinics in July

Jason Addy

As the 2016-17 school year winds to a close, York City officials are reminding parents to make sure their children's vaccinations are up to date before they start the next school year.

Children who do not meet immunization requirements by Aug. 21, the first day of the York City School District's 2017-18 school year, risk being excluded from school activities, according to a news release.

In this file photo, Jonathan Zuniga, 5, of York City, is held by his mother Fabiola Mondragon, right, while being administered the hepatitis A vaccine by Debbie Stoops, R.N., at York City Health Bureau in York City, Monday, April 11, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo

In an effort to help all students meet the new immunization requirements, the York City Bureau of Health will be holding seven immunization clinics in July as well as providing appointment-based immunizations in June and August, the release states.

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Starting July 10, the Bureau of Health, located at 435 W. Philadelphia St., will host  clinics from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Monday and Wednesday through the end of the month.

Dates and times for immunization services in June are available upon request, according to the release.

Stefaura Prince, 18, grimaces as she and her brother Steven, 17 from Haiti, receive back-to-school vaccinations from community health nurses Debbie Stoops, left, and Eva Walker at the City of York Bureau of Health, Monday, August 15, 2016. The Bureau of Health will hold seven back-to-school vaccination clinics in July, as well as appointment-based vaccinations in June and August. John A. Pavoncello photo

Parents also will  have opportunities to bring their children’s immunizations up to date after the school year begins, with the Bureau of Health accepting requests for appointments between Aug. 22 and Aug. 25.

The York City Bureau of Health might be able to assist children who are city residents and are on Medicaid or do not have health insurance, according to the release.

Parents can schedule an immunization appointment or find more information by calling Debra Stoops, the city’s community health nurse, at 717-849-2299.