Big Shot Saturdays available

Immunizations protect students, school staff and the community from infectious diseases. North Carolina state law requires families to provide proof of immunizations on or before the first day of school. Students will be excluded from school if they do not have proper documentation within 30 days of entering school, for most CMS students the deadline would be Sept. 25. Medical exemptions must be in writing from a doctor.

“If families don’t have a regular doctor, the Mecklenburg County Health Department has open slots right now and holds clinics regularly,” said Monica Adamian, school health specialist for CMS.

The health department has regular, weekly immunization clinics. Parents can also have their children immunized at one of the Big Shots Saturday events. Call 704-336-6500 to make appointments. Below are the remaining dates for September.

Billingsley Road Health Department, 249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte 

  • Sept. 7, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
  • Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

Beatties Ford Road Health Department, 2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte 

  • Sept. 14, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

"We want to avoid exclusions and keep students in school,” Adamian said. “Make sure to bring all the proper documentation for your child. If you have questions, talk to your school's nurse."

Students new to N.C. public schools also must complete a health assessment. That includes students who previously were home-schooled or attended private school. To learn more about school immunization requirements and health assessments, click here. For additional resources from the Mecklenburg County Health Department, click here.