Back to School Blitz helping uninsured students with vaccinations

For many Tri-State students, school starts in less than a month, and for many, that means it's time to get their vaccinations and physical exams.

14 News has learned about an event where students can get all of that done at one time, for free.

The EVSC hosts a yearly 'Back to School Blitz' to help out uninsured and under-insured families. Blitz organizers say time is running out to schedule an appointment.

The Back to School Blitz has been going on for several years now giving uninsured and under-insured families a free opportunity to fulfill pre-enrollment obligations.

"Physicals, immunizations, everything that a child in kindergarten, 6th, and 9th grade would need, in order to go to school," says Marsha Jackson.

In past years, students who showed up on the first day of school, without their vaccinations, were sent home. So for those who are uninsured and can't afford pricey medical procedures, the Blitz in August is almost mandatory.

"Those exams and vaccines are required by law, but this is, of course, to spot any physical difficulties the child might have that could be corrected before school starts so that nothing is interfering with their learning," says Denise Cory.

Marsha Jackson says you must schedule an appointment for the Blitz, or else you can't participate and right now, she says there are plenty of open slots.

"It starts off a little bit slow, getting people registered, but then it takes off at the very end," says Marsha. "We always have a lot of families that are taking advantage of it, so we know it's necessary."

The Blitz will be Saturday, August 3 at Echo on Mulberry Street. It will last from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. and students in Warrick and Posey Counties are allowed to participate as well.

To set up an appointment, call 812-435-8343.

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