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Clinics in Nashville host back-to-school extended hours ahead of 2019-2020 school year

Posted at 5:13 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 20:49:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Clinics within the Metro Public Health Department will have extended hours this summer to prepare Nashville students to head back to school.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade must have proof of required immunizations and a Tennessee Immunization Record to attend schools in Metro Nashville.

You can get your child vaccinated at the East Health Center, Lentz Health Center or Wodbine Health Center Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment. The health department will host after hours and back-to-school clinics at each of the locations to provide more time for parents to bring their children in for vaccinations.

Extended hours at the Lentz Public Heath Center will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 22 through August 15 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. On July 27, August 3 and 10, the clinic will also be open from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The East Public Health Center will hold extended hours on Mondays and Fridays from July 22 through August 15 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On July 24 and 31 and August 7 and 14, the health center will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Back-to-school clinic hours at the Woodbine Public Health Center will be on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from July 22 through August 16 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The health department asks that you bring your child's immunization record for your appointment so the nurses know what shots are needed. Anyone seeking immunizations is welcome to attend the back-to-school clinics, but the health department is asking those with private insurance go to their primary care provider for immunizations.

Children through 18 years old who meet the following criteria are eligible to receive free, federally-funded vaccines through the Vaccines for Children Program:

  • TennCare
  • Uninsured
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Underinsured

A $20 administration fee will be charged for vaccines, but it could change according to income.

The Metro Nashville Public School district begins classes for the 2019-2020 school year on August 5.