Roanoke City health officials hold drive-thru immunization clinic Saturday before students head back to school

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(Photo: Courtesy MGN Online)

(Photo: Courtesy MGN Online)

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — While most Roanoke students will kick off the school year with virtual classes, both school and health officials encourage parents to get a head start on vaccinating their kids for the new year.

According to Roanoke City Public Schools, local health officials are holding a drive-thru immunization clinic from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 1502 Williamson Road. Attendees are asked to bring their insurance information — if they have it — and their child’s immunization records to the event.

Officials with the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts say Saturday’s drive-thru immunization clinic is being hosted by the Roanoke City Health Department and the Bradley Free Clinic and will offer the vaccines both required and recommended for the back-to-school crowd.

The Facebook event description for the immunization clinic says all low-income, school-aged children — including those with Medicaid and without insurance — are invited to attend.

“Even though Roanoke City Public Schools is going fully virtual for the first nine weeks, we strongly suggest you get your child’s immunizations NOW!” school officials wrote on Facebook Friday, Aug. 14.

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