Simply stated, children who do not have the minimum required immunizations by the Sept. 25 deadline will not be allowed to attend school.
Enter the Mecklenburg County Health Department and its partners to make it easier for parents to get their children those required vaccines. For 19 years, the Health Department and the Junior League of Charlotte have collaborated to host Big Shot Saturdays, a chance for parents to get their kids “up to date” without having to miss work or sit in a crowded waiting room.
The first Big Shot day is this Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, 249 Billlingsley Road in Charlotte.
Parents are reminded to bring their child’s official shot records and at least one form of identification. The first 100 children will be given immunizations on a first-come, first-served basis, with school aged kids given priority.
Be mindful that some fees may be charged for certain vaccines.
Upcoming dates for Big Shot Saturdays include:
- Sept. 14 at the Health Department’s 249 Billingsley Road location
- Sept. 21 at Phillip O Berry Academy of Technology, 1430 Alleghany Street
- Sept. 28 at the Mecklenburg County Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Road
Times for all Big Shot events are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
As a reminder, parents can always make an appointment for vaccinations by calling the Health Department appointment line at 704-336-6500.
The Health Department wants to express its deep gratitude to the Children’s Medical Fund, a Special Program of the Foundation for the Carolinas, the Junior League of Charlotte, Speedway Children’s Charities and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for their tremendous help in this effort.