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MONTEREY — With the school year set to begin next week, the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will hold free mobile immunization clinics Wednesday to ensure seventh-grade students have received their required shots.

The first drive-up clinic will be held Wednesday from 2-4 p.m. at Los Arboles Middle School in Marina. The second will take place Thursday at Seaside High School from 2-4 p.m.

“Our goal is to continue to provide all of the support we can to our families in accessing and being ready for the school year with all that they need,” said Donnie Everett, an assistant superintendent with MPUSD. “One of those is the immunization requirements that California still has in place for the admission and start-up of school.”

Students heading into the seventh grade are required to have a Tdap, (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis) vaccine before the start of the school year. Even though the district will start the school year with distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the district wants to ensure all seventh graders are ready to attend class when campuses reopen.

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