August 11, 2015

(Charlottesville, Va.) — To help families prepare for a new school year, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department is designating two walk-in (no appointment necessary) back-to-school shot clinics this month:

  • Saturday, August 15 – Offering Tdap vaccines for rising 6th grade students.

Open from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

  • Thursday, August 20 – Offering back-to-school vaccines for all students up to 18 years old.
    Open from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Vaccines will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Parents are asked to bring their child’s immunization records and insurance card(s) with them. Children without insurance can still receive vaccines.

The Commonwealth of Virginia requires students receive certain vaccinations before attending public schools. The vaccine requirements vary based on age and school grade. For example, students entering 6th grade must receive a Tdap booster vaccine, which protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (also known as “whooping cough”).

“Like pencils and notebooks, parents might consider adding their child’s vaccinations on their back-to-school checklist. Every year, we tend to see a rush of families coming to our clinics to get their children’s required school vaccines,” said Nancy Santoski, Thomas Jefferson Health District Immunization Coordinator. “We hope that these clinics will provide more convenient opportunities for families to get their children vaccinated for school entry.”

For more information about back-to-school vaccines, visit or call the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department at 434-972-6200.