Large crowd attends vaccination outreach


PHILIPSBURG–A large group of parents and guardians attended the vaccination outreach initiative held at the Vineyard Office Park on Saturday, April 7.

Although the event was scheduled to be held from 9:00am to 12:30pm, there was still a long line of persons outside the building around 1:00pm.

A large group of parents and guardians showed up from early with their children for their vaccines. Many parents said they had received letters via their schools to attend the outreach and they showed up.

There were so many persons at the location that Collective Prevention Services (CPS) workers indicated just after 11:00am that some of the vaccines had run out and not everyone could be seen. Many of the parents and guardians in the crowd ended up having to set appointments to return with their children at a later date for their pending vaccinations.

Parents whose children were seen were generally satisfied and happy that their children had received their vaccines, though some complained about the long wait. The CPS workers were busy throughout the event assisting parents and working cordially to alleviate the large crowd of parents and guardians who showed up with their children.

The outreach was to enable parents to check their children’s status. The outreach targeted children ages 0-17 years. Persons attending had to walk with their child’s vaccination record or book.

This was CPS’ second vaccination outreach for the year. CPS said the community can look out for additional vaccination outreaches at CPS until the summer.

The first vaccination outreach, held on March 24, attracted 52 children who received vaccines that were due. A total of 44 of the children who attended were under four years of age and eight were between the ages of four and 17.

The initiative aims to help bring immunisation-delayed infants and young children up-to-date with their vaccination schedule. The outreach is also an opportunity to inform parents about vaccines offered within the programme as well as their benefits and importance.

CPS had said last week that vaccines help one’s immune system fight more than 20 dangerous diseases.

Source: The Daily Herald