In the coming weeks, Lancaster General Health will offer free immunizations to children who are uninsured or who have medical assistance. Two open clinics are scheduled during daytime and evening hours to help Lancaster families stay healthy.

Due to a recent change to Pennsylvania law, children who do not have all of the required immunizations within the first five days of the school year will not be allowed to return to school. Parents previously had eight months to get their children vaccinated.
 
Children ages 6 to 18 who meet these criteria can receive all of the immunizations required for the school year at one of these clinics:

  • Saturday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Together Community Center, 3293 Lincoln Highway East, Paradise, PA 17562 (the old Paradise Elementary School building).

  • Wednesday, September 6 from 3 to 7 p.m. at LGH Suburban Pavilion, Wellness Conference Room, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster PA 17601.

Registration is required and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Immunization records and/or a letter from the school must be brought to the clinic. To register and for more information, please call 1-888- LGH-INFO / 1-888-544-4636.
 
ChildProtect, a free vaccine immunization program began as an emergency response to a German measles outbreak in the Amish community in 1991. Recognizing the need to quickly vaccinate 5,000 Amish children, Lancaster General partnered with the Amish Bishops and local fire companies to provide free immunizations in remote areas of Lancaster County. This program continues today. Regularly scheduled ChildProtect clinics are listed below and do not require registration:

  • Tuesday, August 22 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Garden Spot fire and rescue, New Holland PA

  • Wednesday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bart Fire Co, Bart PA

  • Monday, September 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  at the Columbia Health Center 

Community Resources that also provide assistance with immunizations please contact:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s vaccine clinic at 717-299-7597

  • South East Lancaster Health Services at 717-299-6371 

  • Welsh Mountain Medical and Dental Center at 717-354-4711

For more information regarding the ChildProtect program, please contact Michelle Hargraves at 717-544-3144.

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