Local district partners with hospital to offer vaccine to kids

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 7:35 PM CDT
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) - School may be out in Killeen ISD for the summer, but one if its buildings was full of students Monday for a vaccine event put on by the district and Baylor Scott and White McLane Childrens.

COVID-19 vaccines were offered for anyone 12 and older at the old Nolan Middle School in Killeen, no appointments necessary.

“Now that we have to opportunity to give it to 12 and up we are really pushing it,” Dr. Jamie Avila said Monday.

She’s the division director for outpatient pediatrics in Central Texas for McLane Children’s and says even though the summer just started, they’re on a race against time.

“Our goal is to vaccinate as many as possible so they have that six week period that they need to ideally have their full immunity before school starts back,” Avila said. “We know schools are going mask optional, schools are coming back in from being online and so we’re going to have a lot more kids.”

The clinics are offered throughout the next two weeks.

Baylor Scott and White KISD vaccines
Baylor Scott and White KISD vaccines(Killeen ISD)

Parents or guardians must also attend the clinic.

“Most of the kids were brought here by parents and were told they were going to get it, but some of them were really excited they’ve been waiting a while,” Avila said.

That was the case for Willow Owings who says she’s done a lot of her own research to make her decision.

“Even on my way here my parents were like are you sure you want this? And I’m like yes I want this,” Owings said.

Students or adults outside of Killeen ISD can also attend, no appointments are needed.

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