Knoxville, Tennessee (WATE) – The Knox County Health Department is running an immunization clinic for growing seventh graders. Although vaccinations are mandatory for students entering kindergarten, kindergarten and seventh grade, department officials say many rising seventh graders are falling behind.
“This happens for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that children tend to receive fewer annual exams as they grow older,” said KCHD Director of Nursing Dena Mashburn. “We wanted to offer this special clinic to help students familiarize themselves with the required and recommended vaccines and to offer the COVID-19 vaccine.”
Several vaccines recommended for this age group will be available at the clinic, including vaccines against tetanus – diphtheria – acellular pertussis (Tdap), meningococcus and human papillomavirus (HPV). The COVID-19 vaccine will also be available for students aged 12 and over. Schools in Knox County do not require students to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 12, at the Department of Broadway Immunization Clinic, 4216 N. Broadway. No appointment will be required.
Parents can discuss options with members of the KCHD team and choose which vaccines their child receives at the clinic. If families cannot make it to the clinic, vaccines are available at area pediatricians’ offices and many local pharmacies. KCHD also provides vaccines at its main location, 140 Dameron Ave., and West Clinic, 1028 Old Cedar Bluff, by appointment. To make an appointment, dial 865-215-5070.
More information on childhood vaccinations, including contact details for KCHD and a list of recommended vaccinations by grade level, is available on the website Knox County Department of Health website.