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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Back to school vaccinations available now

The first day of school in Joplin is August 13.  Now is the perfect time to get vaccinated!

The Joplin City Health Department has vaccinations required for school.  We want to help you make sure your child is prepared.  If your child lives within the Joplin city limits or is enrolled in a Joplin public or private school, we want to offer assistance.  Appointments are now being spaced for safety.  Only one parent may enter the building with the student, and we only vaccinate one child at a time – if you have more than one child, please bring an adult to wait in the car, and we will rotate them in.  Anyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask when entering the building.  If you do not have a mask, please wear a scarf to cover your nose and mouth.

We provide immunizations for the uninsured or underinsured, and those with Medicaid.  We also accept many area insurances.  You may call ahead to verify coverage.  

Tdap is required for entry into the 8th grade. Another requirement is two doses of Meningococcal (MCV) before grade 12.   Your child may be denied entry into school without these mandatory immunizations. 

Avoid the back to school rush and call now to schedule an appointment during our regularly scheduled immunization clinics BEFORE school starts.

Immunizations will be given in the upper level entrance (West side) of the Joplin Health Department, 321 E. Fourth Street.  Please note that a parent/guardian ID and the child’s Social Security Number and immunization record is required, so bring them with you to the clinic.

For questions about immunizations, please call the medical division of the Health Department at 417-623-6122, ext. 257.

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