Free children’s books at the mobile vaccination clinic Saturday at Morgan Community College – The Fort Morgan Times

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A special partnership with Reach Out and Read Colorado provides an added benefit to children receiving their COVID-19 vaccine from certain state-run vaccination sites.

Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment received nearly 1,000 children’s books from the organization, which helps families and communities encourage early literacy skills, to distribute at bus clinics mobiles in the Eastern Plains, including a planned stop at Fort Morgan on Saturday. The books include a selection of early readers, early chapters, young adult novels and graphic novels.

“One of the pillars of our program is helping families build strong home libraries through our Soft Use Books program,” said Anne Tengler, executive director of Reach Out and Read Colorado. “We are delighted to expand our reach by providing our mobile clinic partners with a wide range of wonderful books for children of all ages. “

The giveaway book will be available while supplies last at the Morgan Community College Bus Mobile Vaccination Clinic, 920 Barlow Road, Fort Morgan, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The vaccines available include the Pfizer vaccine for ages 12 and over, Pfizer for ages 5. 11, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna.

To make an appointment, visit https://fortmorgan-1211-cdphe-mvu11.youcanbook.me/. Pedestrians are also welcome. The clinic is open to anyone needing a vaccine or a booster. Vaccines are free and no ID, proof of residence or insurance is required. For questions about the immunization clinic, call the vaccine hotline at 1-877-CO VAX CO (1-877-268-2926)

The CDPHE recommends that parents and guardians develop a plan to have their children vaccinated to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death of those infected. The department is also urging all Coloradans aged 16 and over to receive a booster dose if possible if it has been at least six months since their second injection of Pfizer or Moderna, or at least two months since they were injected. they got the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Currently, only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is authorized and recommended for adolescents aged 16 and 17.

Reach Out and Read Colorado is also partnering with pediatric care providers at four Fort Morgan pediatric clinics (Northeast Colorado Health Department, Colorado Plains Medical Group, Salud Family Health Centers: Fort Morgan, and Banner Health Fort Morgan) to provide free new books and literacy. counseling at regular check-ups to make sure every family in your community has the tools they need to read aloud together every day. They also partner with Banner Health Brush Family Medicine, Brush Medical Group to serve the Brush community.

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