MCH, ORMC to provide updates on COVID-19 vaccines Monday

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ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center will provide another update on Coronavirus vaccines Monday afternoon.

Both hospitals found themselves in a difficult position last week as their vaccine allotment never arrived due to the winter weather. This prompted the hospital to cancel planned vaccination clinics.

“We can control just about everything but the weather, and everything but the federal government,” MCH CEO Russell Tippin said last week.

Meanwhile, the hospital announced they have changed their vaccination plans entirely. No more phone calls need to be made to set up second-dose appointments. Instead, MCH will administer booster vaccines at Ratliff Stadium starting in March.

WHEN: March 2 – March 5
WHERE: Ratliff Stadium, 1862 E. Yukon Road

ORMC was also forced to cancel appointments for patients who were scheduled to receive their second dose of the vaccine.

Despite the setbacks, MCH and ORMC say they have a new partnership that is expected to make the process easier on the public. MCH will continue to administer the first dose of the vaccine and ORMC is scheduled to take over the booster vaccines.

Dr. Rohith Saravanan said after the first dose is administered, patients will receive an automatic notification on where and when they will receive their booster.

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