Health officials recommend parents vaccinate kids before school starts

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Marisol Gerardo, 9, is held by her mom Dr. Susanna Naggie as she gets the second of two Pfizer COVID vaccinations during a clinical trial for children at Duke Health. Shawn Rocco/Duke Health shawn.rocco@duke.edu office: 919-668-0994 cell: 919-812-8291

Rio Grande Valley schools are set to allow students on campus for in-person learning, with the new school year soon approaching, the fear of another surge in COVID-19 cases is present for many families.

While some parents have chosen to vaccinate their children, others remain hesitant about the long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine.

With the start of the school year approaching, Director of Nursing Administration for South Texas Health System McAllen Jamie Rivera says if you’re considering vaccinating your kids before sending them back to school, now is the time to do it.

“The vaccination does take at least two weeks after the second dose to really give your child the proper immunity that they would need,” River said.

DHR Health Chief of Medicine, Dr. Robert Martinez, says to educate families on vaccinations for children, DHR, health leaders with Hidalgo County, and local school districts are partnering to plan a free public community health event before the start of the school year.

South Texas Health System McAllen will host a weekday Pfizer vaccination clinic at the McAllen Medical Center from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

DHR Health will host a weekday Pfizer vaccination clinic at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

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