immunization Lines Back Up For Last Minute School Immunizations

A child receives an immunization shot at a clinic hosted by the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County. (credit: KRLD NewsRadio 1080/Chuck Schechner)


TARRANT COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Scores of North Texas parents are rushing to get their kids immunized before school starts. The last minute push was evident at a Tarrant County immunization clinic on Monday.

Justin Eskew took his son to the clinic at First Baptist Euless. “He did alright until the needles came out,” the father said.

The Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County (ICTC) hosted the event, which is one of several to be held in the coming weeks.

Terri Andrews, with the ICTC, says getting the immunizations is the law. “If they [parents] go next week to pick up school registrations the school nurse will say ‘you have to come back with a completed shot record’.”

Many parents are being told getting the shots at their doctor’s office will cost about $300. At the ICTC events students will receive all the shots they need to get back in class for $10. The clinics also take Medicaid and CHIP.

Jennifer Doss took her daughter Kaylee to the clinic after she was unable to get shots at her doctor’s office. “They didn’t have any available appointments to get her in, in time,” she said.

While the ICTC is hosting the events they will immunize students from any county. “Anyone attending school can get all their vaccines caught up here, and over the next 20 days,” explained Andrews.

Click here to find out about all the ICTC immunization events.