Back-to-School: Get Back on Track with Routine Vaccinations

Last year, COVID-19 disrupted both in-person learning and routine wellness visits for children across the county. As a result, too many have fallen behind on recommended immunizations. As your children head back to school this fall, it’s important to work with your child’s doctor or nurse to make sure they get caught up on missed well-child visits and recommended vaccines.

From now until September 3, our nurses are traveling to different cities every week to provide mandatory immunizations for 8th through 12th-grade students. All 8th through 12-grade students are welcome to attend these clinics.

A separate clinic for kindergarten students, foreign exchange students, infants, and students needing to get caught up on other immunizations is available at the Jackson County Health Department in Independence until September 3. Parents/guardians can make an appointment here

“Routine childhood immunizations are important to ensure our children remain healthy and protected against serious diseases,” said Jackson County Health Department Director Bridgette Shaffer. “We encourage parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on their immunizations, as opportunities for in-person learning and activities grow.”

In addition to protecting their child’s health, parents who get their child up-to-date on any delayed immunizations can avoid their student missing in-person school time. Missouri law requires students to be up-to-date on their shots, and if immunizations or waivers are not completed before the start of the school year, students cannot attend school until the requirements are met.

To prepare for your visit to one of our immunization clinics, here’s what you need to know:

  • ALL traveling clinics will have Tdap and MCV4. Most traveling clinics will have Pfizer COVID-19.
  • Bring your child’s immunization record. We will be turning away and rescheduling those who do not bring their child’s immunization record.
  • Appointments are strongly encouraged. Walk-in services may be suspended temporarily due to high volume during August.
  • We accept most insurance plans. If we do not accept your insurance plan, we offer cash discounts if paid at the time of service. COVID-19 vaccines are always free. If you have questions about billing, please call our office.
  • Need a list of required and recommended vaccinations? Please click on this link.
  • If you have questions, contact our nurses at 816-404-6415.
  • All clients and children over five years old are required to wear a mask. 
  • Students may only be accompanied by one parent or guardian.

These will be the only health department clinics for the back-to-school season, so parents are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to secure their desired date and time. Find the full back-to-school immunization clinic schedule here.

We're now offering COVID-19 vaccines to everyone 6 months and older!Schedule an appointment.