ODESSA,Texas (Big 2 / Fox 24) – The Odessa City Council has approved this week to offer free flu shots to residents. The agreement will allow Medical Center Hospital and Odessa Regional Medical Center to team up in providing this care.
“City council decided to fund it for $1 million,” said Devin Sanchez, Communications Director for the City of Odessa. “That money is coming from the CARES funding that paid for the drive thru testing as well so that’s not tax payer money.”
Free flu shots will be offered at MCH’s 42nd street clinic and West County clinic ORMC will also provide flu shots at their West Campus Community Clinic. Dr. Rohith Saravanan. Chief Medical Officer for ORMC this partnership will help combat both the flu and COVID-19.
” It’s a no brainier with our health care community,” Dr. Saravanan said. ” We need to come together in order to get through a pandemic such as COVID-19, and if there’s an opportunity for us to get together and partner with a government organization like the city and be able to provide this to the county’s residents, we’re all for it.”
Since free flu shots will soon be an option for Odessa residents, Dr. Saravana hopes they will take advantage of this as well as free COVID-19 testing.
“The type of people that we’re trying to capture is those people that feel like they don’t have any access to health care,” Dr. Saravanan said.
In the mean time, the City of Odessa hopes residents will keep each other safe and healthy.
“This is not a time to become complacent about anything we have to remember that it still is out there,” Sanchez said. ” Things as they’ve looked all year are going to look different you know from here on out until we can get control of this.”
Both ORMC and MCH hope to start offering free flu shots to the public starting on Nov.1st