In preparation for the beginning of the school year, the Union County Immunization Clinic, located at 40 Parker Road, Elizabeth, will offer extended hours for eligible school children from Monday, August 19 through Friday, August 30.

Children who are at least 2 months old and under age 19 and who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured or underinsured may receive free vaccines at the Immunization Clinic to prevent disease. The clinic offers a series of vaccines suggested by the federal Centers for Disease Control as well as required vaccines for public school admission.

“Vaccines are required for public school admission, and the extended hours will help parents and caregivers access this free service for eligible school children,” said Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski. “The health and safety of children is a top priority for the Freeholder Board.”

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The clinic normally operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. During the extended hours, appointments will be accepted until 6:30 p.m. from August 19 through August 30.

Appointments are recommended, by calling 908-965-3627 or 908-965-3868. Walk-ins for school aged children may also be accepted but must arrive before 6:00 p.m.

To receive vaccinations for a child, parents or guardians are required to provide the eligible child’s birth certificate, current vaccination records, parent or legal guardians ID. Parents must also bring proof of residence such as a lease or utility bill in their name. Legal guardians must also have guardianship papers from the Court. If the child is in school, a referral by a school nurse must be presented.

Union County’s Immunization Clinic, in operation since 1995, is part of the federal CDC Vaccines for Children program and is part of each state’s Medicaid plan. The Immunization Center provides information about available health services to families in need, in addition to screenings and immunizations for eligible children.

For more information on the Union County Immunization Clinic, to schedule an appointment, or to determine if a child qualifies for services call 908-965-3627/3868.

For personal assistance with any service provided by the Union County Department of Human Services, call the UCDHS Action Line at 888-845-3434 or 908-558-2288.