Youth COVID vaccines available in Odessa

Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations for youths 12 to 15 years old are now available at a handful of locations in Odessa, including Medical Center Hospital Urgent Care Clinics at JBS Parkway and on University Boulevard, MCH President and CEO Russell Tippin said.

MCH began offering the vaccinations last week after the Texas Expert Vaccine Panel approved the measure.

“We stocked up on the vaccine in anticipation of the approval and began providing the vaccine last week,” Tippin said. “The vaccinations are available on a walk-in basis, but youths must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.”

There is no cost to get the Pfizer vaccine at MCH urgent care centers, Tippin said.

According to the Texas Department of State Health Services website, other Odessa locations that have reported having the Pfizer vaccine available include CVS Pharmacy, 3050 W. University Blvd., Odessa Regional Medical Center, the Ector County Health Department, Market Street Pharmacy and United Pharmacy. DSHS recommends contacting hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in advance to make sure they still have the Pfizer vaccine in stock and whether an appointment is required.

The CDC reported that there were no COVID-related deaths reported in the State of Texas on Sunday, said Tippin, who called the news “a major accomplishment for Texas.”