Free COVID shots offered

Odessa College, in cooperation with Medical Center Hospital, will offer COVID-19 vaccines to the public 12 years of age and older, and to Odessa College students and employees. The vaccines will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday in the Health Sciences Building lobby. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The vaccine is free of charge and no appointment is necessary. Nursing faculty and students will be administering the vaccines.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), with COVID-19 vaccines now available across the state, DSHS and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control encourage everyone ages 12 and older to get vaccinated.

Texas DSHS also stated that by getting the shot, Texans are doing their part to get our lives back to normal. The vaccines protect you and those around you, and they help keep people out of the hospital. The vaccines are working! Learn the facts so you can make an informed decision to get the COVID-19 vaccine:

>> The vaccines were tested in clinical trials with diverse races and ethnicities.

>> The vaccines met rigorous scientific standards for safety, effectiveness and quality—no corners were cut in the testing process.

>> The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends COVID-19 vaccination for children and adolescents 12 years of age and older.

>> The vaccines do not contain the live virus. You can’t get COVID-19 from the vaccine.

>> Vaccines available from all manufacturers are highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death.