News Release: No Shots, No School: PGCPS to Hold Final Immunization Clinics This Weekend

News Release: No Shots, No School: PGCPS to Hold Final Immunization Clinics This Weekend

August 18, 2016
For Immediate Release
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UPPER MARLBORO, MD – Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students and families have their final chance to get immunized for free at clinics throughout the county this weekend.

Students who do not receive state-mandated immunizations will not be allowed to start school on the first day, August 23. The final free immunization clinics will be held August 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Shops at Iverson in Temple Hills, Beltway Plaza in Greenbelt, and the Mall at Prince Georges at Hyattsville. The Prince George’s County Health Department’s Cheverly Health Center will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through September 30 and this Saturday, August 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Health insurance is not required and parents should bring their child’s shot record to the clinic.

“We urge families to check their child’s immunization records as soon as possible and obtain the immunizations they need to begin school,” said Dr. Adrian Talley, Student Services executive director. “Though our ‘no shots, no school’ policy is firm, we want all students to be in school from the first day, excited to begin another year of learning and growing.”

PGCPS officials initially contacted parents of students who need immunizations last December regarding their status and the new immunization policy. Letters were sent to students’ health care providers as well. PGCPS has hosted free immunization clinics since July in partnership with the county Health Department, Maryland Partnership for Prevention and Kaiser Permanente.

For more information, visit www.pgcps.org or www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/2052/Immunizations.


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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.