Free backpacks, school supplies and immunizations offered - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Free backpacks, school supplies and immunizations offered

Indianapolis - Over 20,000 adults and children will attend this Saturday's ninth annual Covering Kids and Families Back to School Day.

The event hosted by the Marion County Health Department at 3838 North Rural Street, will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on August 1st and is the largest event of its kind in the city.

Residents can get health screenings, the opportunity to enroll in free and reduced price health insurance, health information and back to school immunizations. There will be a huge interactive display sponsored by the Indianapolis Fire Department, games, entertainment and back to school supplies will be part of the annual summer event.

More than 3,500 backpacks will be handed out during the day. Families wanting school supplies for their children must bring their children with them.

Those needing back to school immunizations should bring current shot records with them. School-aged children will receive their immunizations at no charge.

"In order for our children to be truly prepared for school they must be healthy and have the appropriate supplies. We are proud to make both health screenings and basic school supplies available to our community," said Virginia A. Caine, M.D., director, Marion County Health Department.

Individuals needing birth certificates for school enrollment can purchase the certificates during the Covering Kids and Families Back to School Fun Day.

For more information please call 221-2464. The bi-lingual phone number is 221-2039.

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