Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is teaming up with OCCC to provide free immunizations to children on April 25.
Lee Ann Townsend, lab supervisor for the Child Development Center and Lab School, said the Oklahoma Caring Foundation will bring the “Caring Van” to the OCCC FACE Center parking lot from 2 to 4 p.m. that Wednesday.
Since there is no charge, the only thing parents need to bring is their child’s current shot record.
Parents must be prepared to complete the required paperwork as well, Townsend said.
Leslie Knight, Caring Van Program specialist, said the program is a “walk-up clinic” which means it is open to the general public.
Knight said the Caring Van program has worked with community childcare centers for several years to provide free immunizations to children across Oklahoma City.
“We’re just trying to make sure the public is aware so we can get this out to as many people as we can,” Knight said.
OCCC student Becca Foster, who has a child of her own, thinks the Caring Van clinic is great for the community.
“The fact that they’re coming to OCCC and providing this service for free is admirable,” Foster said.
“This is a great opportunity for parents to get their children the important vaccines that they need.”
The Caring Van immunizations will be available to newborn babies up to 19-year-old teenagers.
In addition, the tetanus, diphtheria and acellular pertussis shot will be available for adults who have not yet received that immunization, Knight said.
For future events, the Oklahoma Caring Foundation’s full schedule can be found on their website at www. klahomacaringfoundation.org.
“If people can’t attend the one on April 25, there will be many other opportunities in the future,” Knight said.
Children in attendance will be able to receive the following vaccines:
Hepatitis B Vaccine
Hepatitis A Vaccine
Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccine
Varicella (Chicken Pox) Vaccine
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
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