Over 30% of Vigo County students are behind on required shots; one event hopes to change that

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Doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine are seen being prepared on Wednesday, May 12, 2021, in Decatur, Ga. Hundreds of children, ages 12 to 15, received the Pfizer vaccine at the DeKalb Pediatric Center, just days after it was approved for use within their age group. (AP Photo/Ron Harris)

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After the COVID-19 pandemic hit the US, nearly all doctor’s appointments to keep people healthy were canceled, including shots for kids.

According to the Indiana Department of Health’s school reports, 32.3% of Vigo County K-12 students have not gotten all required shots, much higher compared to the statewide percentage of 26.4%.

To help families catch up and get children back on track with their shots, MDwise, the Vigo County Health Department and the IDOH are hosting “Back on Track,” from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26. All routine childhood vaccinations including measles, mumps, rubella, polio and HPV will be available, as well as the COVID-19 vaccine for children 12 and older.

“It’s important that as many Hoosier kids as possible get vaccinated against preventable diseases like measles, polio and HPV,” Jessica Cromer, president and CEO of MDwise, said. “We’re hosting ‘Back on Track’ to help ensure Indiana communities and families are healthy.”

MDwise encourages parents and caregivers to sign up in advance at MDwise.org/backontrack or by calling (812) 462-3431, but you can still show up without signing up ahead of time. Children younger than 18 years old must or have an adult with valid identification, such as a driver’s license, identification card or passport.

Insurance is not required for qualified children to get their shots, but if they are covered by health insurance, then that information must be given.

The event will include free food, entertainment, door prizes and more. “Back on Track” will be held at the Vigo County Health Department Clinic, located at 696 S. First St., in Terre Haute.

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