Spring ISD is once again joining with Care Van, a program of The Caring Foundation of Texas, to offer free immunizations to students on Saturday, April 9.
The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Spring ISD Community Engagement Center, 17125 Ella Blvd. At no cost to families, the clinic is available for eligible children, ages 1 through 18.
“For decades, immunizations have helped millions of people avoid life-threatening diseases,” Dr. Felicia Thomas, Spring ISD Director of Nursing and Health Services, said. “Yet, many of the scholars living in Spring ISD still go without them because of the lack of affordability and access. Vaccinating our scholars is one of the most direct, simple, and cost-effective ways to keep them healthy.
A parent or guardian must be present in order for the child to receive immunizations. If available, parents should also bring the most current immunization records for each child. Children are eligible for free vaccinations if the child does not have insurance or is underinsured, or if they are on Medicaid, or is of American Indian/Native American or Alaskan Native descent. No appointments are needed.
The district is encouraging all community members with eligible children to attend the event, not just those enrolled in Spring ISD. Higher immunization rates are a good thing for the entire community, Dr. Thomas noted.
“Low immunization levels impact all areas of health and learning,” Dr. Thomas said. “When our scholars do not regularly see a doctor, they are the least likely to receive their immunizations. By protecting precious scholars, we are also protecting the people who they come in contact with each day who may not be immunized.”
For more information about immunization requirements for Texas students, or to learn about reduced-cost immunization clinics and other local immunization resources, please visit www.springisd.org/immunization.