August 14 is going to be a big day for Titan Ryles. He'll be starting kindergarten in Leon County. But before that happens he's getting his vaccinations, being fitted for a new safety helmet, and meeting his congressman. Still, there's only one thing on this five-year-old's mind.
Titan said, "I told my momma she's going to fix my bike. It's broke."
Titan is one of many Leon County school kids taking advantage of a back-to-school immunization drive offered through the Bond Clinic.
Temple Robinson, Bond Clinic Medical Director, is encouraging parents to bring their kids out. Robinson says, "For three days we're trying to take as many as we can, to get them immunized, get them ready for school."
Congressman Allen Boyd helped kick off the drive. Health care has been on his agenda during the last couple of days and he has been meeting with health care leaders in his district.
Boyd said, "The outside regions need to be working with these larger communities to think regional solutions to these problems and that what's we're trying to affect."
Health care is a hot debate in Leon County. Voters will be going to the polls in November to decide whether to support a half-cent sales tax to fund a health care program for the uninsured. Boyd applauded the county for looking for a possible solution, but while voters ponder on that decision, Titan will be thinking about the big issue approaching his young life, his first day of school.
The immunization drive will continue through Friday at the Bond Clinic on Orange Avenue.