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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – An Arlington back-to-school immunization event on Saturday could attract a lot of students from out of the area.

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Dallas County public health isn’t offering shots this weekend, so Terri Andrews, with the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County, is expecting brisk business.

“We do set up to do 500 kids a day and we will have extra nurses here on Saturday to help move people through in the shorter day,” she explained.

With county facilities closed this weekend, Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson is expecting even longer lines on Monday, when schools begin turning away students who don’t have all their immunizations.

“We average about 500 students that first day and I think we went 500 per day the rest of that week and that was cut off at 500,” Thompson said recalling the crash last school year.

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Thompson says parents have nobody to blame but themselves.

The good news, for procrastinating parents, is the Arlington event is not limited to or based on where a students lives or will be attending classes.

“They can come from anywhere,” explained Andrews. “We’ve been doing lots of people from lots of different cities outside of Tarrant County.”

The Arlington immunization event takes place Saturday, August 20 at the North Davis Church of Christ. The church address is 1601 North Davis Drive, Arlington 76012. Shots will be given from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $10 for most parents but is free for those with CHIPS and Medicaid.

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Click here to find out about all the ICTC immunization events.