School is starting two weeks from today for Midland schools and the week after that in Odessa and local health authorities are urging parents to get their eligible students vaccinated.

According to CBS 7, so far there have not been many vaccines given to kids that are eligible.

“We have seen that the children that are eligible to receive the vaccine, only about a third of them have done so nationwide,” said Deborah Chester, Director of ORMC’s Community Health Center.

ORMC Community Health Center is working to get students vaccinated before they return to school in the fall.

“It’s important for us to get them back in the school room in order to do this and make it as safe as possible we’re trying to get everybody that we can vaccinated that are ages 12 years and older,” said Chester.

Children 12 an older are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine and those students who are 18 can get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Medical officials report that the Delta variant is not widespread here in the Basin, but parents need to act now so the variant does not reach epidemic status here locally.

"This variant is proving to be more contagious and more severe if you catch it, so it’s very important to get help protecting you against that,” said Chester.

The ORMC Community Health Center is offering a vaccine clinic so students can get the vaccine before school starts.

The vaccine clinic in Odessa will be at Complete Care Eastridge from 10am-2pm this Saturday, July 24, 2021.

The Midland vaccine clinic will be at the F. Marie Hall Outpatient Center from 1-4pm Friday, July 30, 2021.

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