With most Texas schools returning to an in-person education model, assuring protection against vaccine-preventable diseases is more important than ever, so officials with Immunize El Paso urge all parents to ensure their child’s immunization record is up to date.
“Multiple studies have shown a significant decline in childhood immunizations over the past year, and our crews are prepared to support the increased need,” Danny Acosta, Director of Immunize El Paso.
“We want to ensure every child is protected and allowed to return to school in the safest manner possible.“
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, many El Pasoans opted to delay preventative healthcare, including immunization, as a safety precaution. Delaying healthcare visits has created a situation where some children may not have received a vaccination review since 2019, where Immunize El Paso is poised to respond to a surge in patient visits. In addition to routine childhood immunizations such as measles, tetanus, and chickenpox, COVID-19 vaccines will be available for any child 12 years and older.
Immunize El Paso has introduced a Wednesday evening clinic at its San Juan Clinic and is open Saturdays at its eastside & central location.
“With our new eastside clinic, we have additional daily capacity, and our downtown clinic, which opened in January, we are confident that everyone who needs vaccinations will be served,” Acosta continued.
Appointments via immunizeelpaso.org are encouraged, but walk-ins are always welcomed. Medicaid, CHIP, and most major insurances are accepted.
Uninsured patients are seen for only $10. No child is ever turned away regardless of ability to pay.
To learn more about local “Vax2School” efforts, contact Immunize El Paso at 915-533-3414 or click here.