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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Free back-to-school immunizations available at health department, Paddock Mall

The Florida Department of Health in Marion County is offering back-to-school immunization opportunities to help children get immunized before the first day of school.

The department will be providing immunizations by appointment on the following dates:

– Friday, July 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala)

– Saturday, July 31, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Paddock Mall Back to School Fest, in Paddock Mall’s center court in front of Macy’s (3100 SW College Road, Ocala). COVID-19 vaccines will also be available.

– Saturday, Aug. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Marion County (1801 SE 32nd Ave., Ocala). COVID-19 vaccines will also be available.

To make an appointment to receive immunizations, call 352-644-2695 or 352-644-2770 during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

Students entering kindergarten or attending or transferring to a Florida public school need the following vaccines:

  • Four or five doses of DTaP (diptheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis)
  • Four or five doses of IPV (inactivated polio vaccine)
  • Two doses of MMR (measles-mumps-rubella)
  • Three doses of hepatitis B
  • Two doses of varicella (unless a history of varicella is documented by a healthcare provider)

All students entering seventh grade must have a Tdap booster (tetanus-diptheria-acellular pertussis).

College immunization requirements can vary; entering students should contact their schools to see what is required. More information about requirements can be found at floridahealth.gov.