By Holly Wise

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - The Copperas Cove Fire Department main firehouse lobby was teaming with activity Saturday morning as parents and children waited for their turn to receive immunizations during the department's shot clinic.

The fire department holds the free immunization clinic the first Saturday of every month but this was the first one since school started.

Stephen Clendenen, with CCFD, said the number of shots given varies month to month. Sixteen children were immunized Saturday.

To qualify for free shots, people must be uninsured, under-insured or insured through a state-run health care system. The clinic will immunize children under 18.

Clendenen said children are screened through the paperwork process but that most come in with a note from school.

"The school nurse helps us out a lot," he said.

The fire department has provided the monthly service for 12 years. The Texas Vaccines for Children, a branch of the Texas Department of State Health Services, issues the vaccines.

Contact Holly Wise at or (254) 501-7474.

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