Parents Reminded that Required Immunizations Remain Mandatory for School
To help parents whose children need immunizations required for enrollment in school for the 2020-21 school year, the Fairfax County Health Department is offering community childhood vaccination clinics plus expanded hours to provide the Tdap vaccine at three clinics. Vaccines are still required to enroll in Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) even though all students will start the year with virtual learning.
Vaccination clinics will be held:
- Thursday, July 30, 2 to 6 p.m., Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., entrance D4, Alexandria.
- Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 5800 Backlick Rd., Springfield.
- Saturday, August 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Anthony Catholic Church, 3305 Glen Carlyn Rd., Bailey’s Crossroads.
- Monday, August 17, 2 to 6 p.m., London Towne Elementary, 6100 Stone Rd. Centreville
- Thursday, August 20, 2 to 6 p.m., Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Tnpk, #400E, Annandale.
- Saturday, August 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Vernon District Office, 8350 Richmond Hwy, #233, Alexandria.
- Thursday, September 3, 2 to 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Springfield, 7300 Gary St., Springfield.
- Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., location to be announced.
Tdap vaccines will be administered at clinics through August 28 at one of three locations. More information is available online.
Childhood vaccines protect children against potentially life-threatening illnesses such as polio, measles, whooping cough, and chicken pox. Students entering seventh grade and transfer students need a booster dose of the Tdap vaccine.
The Health Department follows strict safety protocols in its community vaccination clinics to limit exposure to patients. Only a select number of appointments per site will be available to protect families. Visitors age 2 and older are required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth; temperature checks will be conducted at entrances; visitors will be required to stay 6 feet apart, and partitions will separate vaccination stations.
Parents can schedule an appointment by calling 703-246-6010, TTY 711. Complete information is available on the Health Department website.