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By Pamela Acosta-Torres

July 21, 2022

from July 25th to August 12th, PCPS First Day of School: August 10th

The Florida Department of Health in Polk County (DOH-Polk) encourages parents to have their children immunized as the new school year approaches. DOH-Polk is providing free immunization services for eligible children who are entering school for the first time and those who are returning to class. DOH-Polk will be hosting Back-to-School Vaccine Events for children from July 25th to August 12th. These events will have an impact on vaccine availability at all DOH-Polk clinic locations.

Walk-ins only, appointments are not available

July 25th – August 12th
Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Vaccine Locations:

Lakeland DOH Clinic:
3241 Lakeland Hills Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33805

Haines City DOH Clinic:
1700 Baker Ave E, Haines City, FL 33844

Only on Wednesdays: July 27, August 3 & 10
Specialty Care Clinic:
1255 Brice Blvd Bartow, FL 33830
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Parents of kindergartners and 7th graders are encouraged to review their children’s immunization record to ensure they are ready for the upcoming school year. Vaccines help develop immunity to many serious infectious diseases by enabling the body to recognize and fight vaccine-preventable diseases. If your child is due for a vaccine, please visit your family health care provider or one of our Back-to-School Vaccine Event locations above.

Florida SHOTS (link opens in new window) is a free, statewide, centralized online immunization registry that helps health care providers, parents, and schools keep track of immunization records. You can also visit to learn more about immunizations your child may need.

Immunization services for adults, including travel immunizations, will be temporarily suspended at all DOH-Polk locations until August 15, 2022. Please contact your primary care provider or local pharmacy for adult vaccines. Travel vaccines can be scheduled through Passport Health (link opens in new window). The DOH-Polk Auburndale Clinic will be temporarily suspending all vaccine services until August 15, 2022, please visit one of the locations above for back-to-school-immunizations.

For more information about Back-to-School Vaccine Events, please call the Florida Department of Health in Polk County at (863) 578-2146.

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