A series of walk-in clinics for pupils needing school immunizations will open Monday in Columbia County.
The clinics will be held at the Columbia County Health Department at 1930 William Few Parkway, Grovetown, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Aug. 7. The health department will be closed Tuesday.
“Our clinics are extremely busy,” county health department Nurse Manager Linda Graves said. “We’ll probably see about 50 percent of the school-age population.”
Those needing vaccinations for DTAP, Hepatitis A and B, Polio, MMR, varicella and a PCV13 (pneumonia) booster are 4- to 6-year-olds.
Children entering pre-K or kindergarten also require a hearing, vision and dental screening.
Graves said parents should arrive at the clinic as early as possible, but be prepared to wait.
To speed up the process, Graves recommends dropping off or faxing records ahead of time for children never treated at the health department or those from out of state. Staff can enter that information into the system and evaluate vaccination needs prior to seeing the pupil.
“It’ll make things run in a more timely manner,” Graves said, adding that parents need to bring records with them if they aren’t submitted early.
The cost of vaccines at the clinic varies. Graves also said the health department does accept some private insurance.
“Cost depends on their (family) income,” Graves said.
She recommends calling before the clinic to determine exact cost, insurance coverage and eligibility for the Vaccines for Children program.
Appointments are available before and after the walk-in clinics, Graves said.
For information, call the Columbia County Health Department at (706) 868-3330.