POMEROY — With kindergarten and preschool registrations taking place in the coming weeks throughout the county, the Meigs County Health Department is making it easier to get required immunizations taken care for those and other students.
The health department is sponsoring a contest to get school aged children vaccinated.
With a goal of helping the schools and their students to get the state required vaccines in a timely manner, the health department will be offering a $500 prize to the school with the highest percentage of students vaccinated during the contest period.
During each school’s Kindergarten Registration week, the health department will offer special clinics on Saturday, in addition to the regular Tuesday 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. clinic and other days by appointment options. The clinics will be held at the health department from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 18 (Eastern), Saturday, April 15 (Southern) and Saturday, April 29 (Meigs).
Students who are present to get their shots will be asked to indicate which school district they attend.
In order to make the contest equal with the varying enrollment sizes of the districts, each district must have three percent of the enrollment in kindergarten and sixth-twelfth grades come to the health department for shots. For Southern, that is 13 students; Eastern 15 students, Meigs 33 students.
At the beginning of May, the health department will announce which school had the most students come in for shots, and the winning school will receive $500 to put into any purchase of their choice. A minimum number of students from each district must participate in order to be eligible for the contest.