July 14, 2021
Media Contact: Cat Long, RHHDpr@vdh.virginia.gov, 804-363-0933
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BACK TO SCHOOL VACCINES AND PHYSICALS THIS WEEK
RICHMOND, VA – Richmond and Henrico Health Districts (RHHD) have partnered with area schools to offer vaccination and physicals to children so they can meet requirements and start the school year in health. To meet state requirements to enter the school year, students new to RPS elementary schools must receive a physical and all students must be up to date on their vaccinations. In particular, there are several vaccines required for entry into 7th and 12th grades. COVID-19 vaccines are not required for school entry, however RHHD encourages all children ages 12 and up to get the COVID-19 vaccine to protect themselves and others.
Parents are encouraged to get in touch with their child’s pediatrician. There are also publicly available and free opportunities for children to get caught up on their vaccinations and physicals before the start of the school year.
Childhood and COVID-19 vaccine events for RPS families:
- Thursday, July 15 from 12 – 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King and River City Middle Schools
Back-to-school physicals and childhood vaccines event for all school-aged children:
- Tuesday, July 20 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Richmond City Health District (400 E. Cary St.)
Note that these physicals are for new elementary students only. No sports physicals available. Please call 804-205-3501 for an appointment.
Ongoing childhood and COVID-19 vaccine opportunities:
RHHD has on-going clinics for childhood and COVID-19 vaccines; please call 804-205-3501 to schedule an appointment. More information on childhood vaccines can be found here and COVID-19 vaccines here.
About Richmond and Henrico Health Districts: RHHD are sister public health agencies serving Richmond’s and Henrico’s communities. Our mission is to expose and address the root causes of health disparities, protect health by preventing the spread of disease, and build health equity by partnering with communities and working collaboratively across sectors.