POSTED: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 4:39pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 23, 2010 - 5:24pm
Tyler-- New shots are required as of last year for students going into kindergarten and 7th grade. Officials say children cannot attend school without the correct immunizations.
Northeast Texas Public Health District CEO says the clinic gave out more than 1300 back-to-school shots last week. Today, however, kids are still filling up the lobby.
Some parents say the clinic was too busy last week. Others say, they thought the line would be shorter this morning. As school kids spend their first day of school on a three hour waiting list, parents advise next year's parents to get their kids' shots sooner.
CEO George Roberts says, the clinic provided the immunizations throughout the summer. "We had clinics, we worked with the school system back in the spring, we've been open and tried to get the word out all summer about this. My sense is we will always have a small percentage of the population that will come in here a week before school and will need these shots."
Roberts says they will continue to work with the school system to make sure the parents are aware of the requirements for next year. He expects the clinic will get each child their correct shots within the next couple of days.