Make sure your child is up-to-date on vaccines before sending them back to school

Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino announced that the Westchester County Department of Health will hold two Saturday vaccine clinics this month to help families ensure their children have the vaccines they need to stay in school.

“Vaccines help children keep healthy so they can stay in school and learn,” Astorino said. “We added these two Saturday clinics to make it more convenient for working parents.”

The two extra vaccine clinics for students with no insurance, or whose insurance doesn’t cover vaccines, will be held Saturday, Sept. 16th, in Yonkers, and Saturday, Sept. 23rd, in White Plains. Appointments are required and are available both days from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register, call (914) 995-5800.

The Westchester County Health Department also schedules vaccine visits for children and adults on the first and third Fridays of the month in White Plains or on the second and fourth Fridays in Yonkers, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Health Department clinics are located at 20 S. Broadway in Yonkers and at 134 Court St. in White Plains. 

Immunization records are required for entry into and continued attendance in child care, K-12 schools, college, and other post-high school education and training in New York State. More information on the vaccines required for school entry and attendance are available at the NYSDOH website.

To obtain immunization records: Contact your health care provider, not the Westchester County Department of Health, to obtain copies of immunization records for vaccines given in New York State. Read the following carefully as it relates to where you can access immunization records:

  • If you were not immunized at a Westchester County Department of Health clinic, then the Westchester County Department of Health does not have your immunization records.
  • If you were immunized at a Westchester County Department of Health clinic, the health department maintains immunization records for seven years only.
  • If you need immunization records to enroll in school or for work and are unable to locate them, you may have to be re-immunized or take a blood test to provide proof of immunity. Please consult your health care provider.
  • If you need MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine to attend school, Westchester County Department of Health clinics can provide it for you at no charge. Please call (914) 813-5800 for an appointment.

Families without health insurance can get help signing up for health coverage by contacting a health department Navigator at (914) 995-6350 or by emailing Navigators can provide in-person assistance to residents at 25 locations throughout Westchester.