The Pima County Health Department is extending its immunization hours in an effort to get children ready to go back to school.
Children will be able to receive free immunizations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the county’s south side office, 175 W. Irvington Road, and on Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Green Valley office, 601 N. La Cañada Drive.
Arizona law requires all children attending kindergarten through 12th grade in public or private schools provide proof of immunization before they are allowed to enroll. The law allows exemptions for medical reasons or personal beliefs.
In recent years, Pima County and much of Arizona has seen the return of several child illnesses due to a rise in immunization exemptions, including an outbreak of whooping cough in Pima County last school year and a measles outbreak in Maricopa County.
In addition to the extended hours, all of the county immunization offices offer free vaccines during normal business hours year round at the following locations:
- South office, 175 W. Irvington Road, 889-9543. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
- East office, 6920 E. Broadway, 298-3888. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
- North office, 3550 N. First Ave., 243-2866. Hours: Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
- Green Valley office, 601 N. La Cañada Drive, 624-1626. Hours: Wednesdays 1 to 5 p.m.
- Catalina office, 3535 E. Hawser Street, 243-2866. Hours: Wednesdays 1 to 4 p.m.
- Ajo office, 120 W. Estrella Ave., 387-7206. Hours: First Wednesday of each month by appointment
Parents are encouraged to make appointments, but most clinics will accept walk-ins. Bring the child’s immunization records and any AHCCCS or other health insurance information.