The Door County Public Health Department has announced that the elimination of federal funding will affect how the department’s immunization program is administered. Effective October first, the public health department will no longer be able to vaccinate people who have insurance that covers the cost of vaccines. Health Officer/Director Rhonda Kolberg is encouraging parents to contact their insurance company if they are uncertain if their insurance covers vaccinations. Kolberg also notes that appointments for immunizations will be required, starting October first, so that staff can screen clients for insurance information prior to coming to the clinic. In the past, the health department has offered walk-in clinics for these services, but the new program policy changes mean appointments are necessary. The Door County Health Department has been working with community medical providers to help assure that all community members will have access to immunization services, regardless of insurance status.