SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Lines, lines and more lines formed in Sacramento’s Oak Park for free school immunizations.
“I think it’s great, you can see by the turnout,” said Teresa Montijo, a grandmother.
Parents and grandparents like Montijo want that weight off they’re shoulders.
“It’s just a relief, like you get it out of the way, you know that they’re ready for school, everyone wants they’re kids to be ready for school,” Montijo said.
In order to attend school this fall, a new law passed earlier this year requires all students in California to have the Tdap and MCV4 before school starts.
“We’ve been communicating with our families since January when the law went into effect,” said Daniel Thigpen with the Folsom Cordova School District. “Making sure that everyone knew that this was going to be a requirement that you could no longer file a personal belief exemption and all students will be required to be immunized.”
The Folsom Cordova School District, which started school on Tuesday, said they may have to turn away students whose immunization records are not up to date.
But Tuesday’s clinic in Oak Park gives parents who have Medi-Cal a chance to get it done for free and to not deal with doctor’s offices.
“It’s wonderful because he needs to start 7th grade,” said Shalonda Watson, a mother. “it’s amazing, I had to go through everything to get it ready this morning.”
The free clinic is for anyone who has Medi-Cal. Registration at the Wellspace Clinic in Oak Park closes at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.