BALTIMORE (WJZ) — With all the focus on the COVID vaccine, it’s important to remember that there are other vaccines, some of which are needed to get kids back to school.
It’s been almost a year and a half since some of these kids were in a classroom full-time, around other kids, so these vaccinations are more important than ever.
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As Makayla Johnson prepares to start sixth grade, her mother Remika Wright wanted to make sure she was up to date on her vaccinations.
“Because of COVID, she’s 11, so she’s underage (for the COVID vaccine.) So I wanted to at least make sure she had the other vaccinations up to date,” Wright said.
They stopped at a free Back-to-School Immunization Clinic at Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital.
“Since COVID and everything, everyone has been shut down and it’s hard to get appointments,” Wright said.
It is a problem that many parents face.
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“We’ve known for years that schools are unable to vaccinate many children, and our community service decided it was important to do our part to get as many children vaccinated as possible,” said Dr. Richard Katz, the hospital’s chief physician.
There are vaccines for diseases such as polio, hepatitis and meningitis to name a few, all of which are necessary to attend school here in Maryland.
“The vaccines are incredibly safe, they save lives, they’ve done a remarkable job in this country and around the world in reducing disease,” Katz said.
It’s all meant to help students like Makayla get back to their classrooms safely.
Two other immunization events were also held Saturday in Baltimore County.
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