ODESSA, Tx. (NEXSTAR) — One local school district is doing their part to help the community towards herd immunity.
The Ector County Independent School District has opened several vaccine clinics for students and their families.
In partnership with the Medical Center Health Sytem, ECISD hosted their first pop up COVID-19 vaccine opportunity for students and their families on Wednesday.
Director of Nursing and Health Services
“Its at a location that they’re more familiar with, they don’t have to schedule an appointment for it. And its a place where they wouldn’t necessarily be exposed to someone else who is sick.” said Director of Nursing and Health Services, Becky Rhodes,
Students who received the vaccine, each had their own reasoning behind it.
“I decided to get vaccinated for this next school year were going to have to travel and since I’m on a team I wanted to get it.” said 11th Grade Student, Kaileigh Wallace.
“Why’d you decide to get vaccinated today? “So I can go to band camp.” said 6th Grader, Riley Beck.
“I like it cause its convenient, I’m able to get it and don’t have to go out of my way to go get at a doctors appointment.” said Wallace.
“Its cool cause its available to me.” said Beck.
Since the mask mandate was dropped by Governor Abbott on June 4th, the school district decided this opportunity seemed fit.
“Our 18 and under kiddos tend not to show symptoms like our older people do. And with the mask mandate going away from the governor, we just thought it would be important to give them an extra layer of protection by getting the COVID vaccine.” said Rhodes.
There are two vaccine opportunities left for students and their families this month.
“First first come first serve, no appointments necessary and anyone less than 18 years old we want a parent to be present.” said Rhodes.
The next two clinics will take place on June 23rd, from 9 am to 12:30 pm at Crockett Middle School and on June 30th at Wilson and Young Medal of Honor Middle School during the same time.