Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that the Westchester County Department of Health will hold two Saturday vaccine clinics this month to help families ensure their children have the vaccines they need to stay in school.

“Vaccines help children keep healthy so they can stay in school and learn,” Astorino said. “We added these two Saturday clinics to make it more convenient for working parents.”

The two extra vaccine clinics for students with no insurance, or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16, in Yonkers, and Saturday, Sept. 23rd, in White Plains.

Appointments are required and are available both days from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, call (914) 995-5800.

The Westchester County Health Department also schedules vaccine visits for children and adults on the first and third Fridays of the month in White Plains or on the second and fourth Fridays in Yonkers, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Health Department clinics are located at 20 S. Broadway in Yonkers and at 134 Court St. in White Plains.

“Now is a good time for all parents who haven’t already done so to schedule their children for a visit with their healthcare provider to ensure their children have the vaccines they need,” said Health Commissioner Sherlita Amler, MD. “The health department’s Saturday vaccine clinics are open to school-age children and students of all ages.”

Without the vaccines required by New York State, children might not be allowed to start or continue in school. Parents should ask their child’s healthcare provider which vaccines they need. There are vaccines to protect children from a dozen diseases, including meningitis, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, tetanus and chicken pox. Vaccines are also recommended to protect children from the flu.

Families without health insurance can get help signing up for health coverage by contacting a health department Navigator at (914) 995-6350 or by emailing hnav@westchestergov.com. Navigators can provide in-person assistance to residents at 25 locations throughout Westchester.

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