June 29, 2023
Back-to-school immunization events set for Eight Mile Health Center
MOBILE, Ala. — Time is running out for local students to get their school immunizations prior to the start of classes. The Mobile County Public School System gets under way on Monday, August 7, while other public and private school systems soon follow.
The Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) and its primary care division — Family Health — are currently offering immunizations to students. To assist families who are not able to schedule an appointment on weekdays, two special immunization clinics have been scheduled for the Eight Mile Health Center (4009 Saint Stephens Road).
These special clinics will be on Saturday, July 8, and Saturday, July 22, from 8 a.m. to noon. These will be for immunizations only, no sick visits. Please call the Central Appointments team at 251-690-8889 to secure a time slot.
For those families wishing to schedule a time at another Family Health location conveniently located throughout Mobile County, a list of all locations or operating times can be found at https://mchd.org/family-health/#locations.
Alabama’s School Immunization Law Section 16-30-4 states each student enrolled in day care, Head Start, and public or private schools has a valid Certificate of Immunization (COI) — previously known as “blue cards” — or a Religious Exemption Form on file at the facility they attend.
State of Alabama School Rules Chapter 420-6-1 (1) states the COI will be on a form approved by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), which is the one printed from ImmPRINT (Immunization Patient Resources with Integrated Technology). All required vaccines must be recorded before the COI can be submitted to the schools.
Patients who receive their vaccinations through Family Health will receive the up-to-date COI at no charge.
All non-Family Health patients will be charged an administration fee of $10 per patient to receive an up-to-date COI. If vaccines are not up-to-date, parents or guardians should follow-up with their primary care provider or schedule a visit at one of the Family Health’s clinics by calling Central Appointments.
Clients not receiving services through Family Health will be charged a one-time administration fee of $30 per patient if requesting Family Health to enter immunizations into ImmPRINT from other states to generate an Alabama COI.