How many vaccines does $1.5 million buy?

I wonder if any anti-vaxxers will show up at City Council on Thursday to protest this expenditure:

Authorize negotiation and execution of three cooperative contracts with Sanofi Pasteur, Inc., GlaxoSmithKlein, LLC, and Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp., to provide vaccines, each for up to 43 months for total contract amounts not to exceed $1,525,000 divided among the contractors.

Too bad that Austin Neighborhoods Council and Austin American-Statesman endorsee Dr. Laura Pressley never made it to the dais. I can’t confirm that Pressley is an anti-vaxxer, but her hallucinations on fluoride, smart meters and the 9/11 attacks suggest she’d be more inclined than others to vote against providing vaccines to Austin’s low-income children.

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The WIC Clinic on Stassney, via Google Maps.

The vaccines are offered at two public clinics: the Far South WIC Clinic on Stassney &  the St. John’s Community Center near 183 & I-35. They’re not free, unless you need them to be:

Children: $10 per dose of vaccine. Adults: $25 per dose of vaccine. Shot Records: $5. No one is refused services if they are unable to pay.

Anyway, city staff claims that for $1.5 million over the next three-and-a-half years, the city will be able to administer 10,000 vaccines a year. So roughly 35,000 over the course of the contract.

Despite the justifiable outrage over bourgeois anti-vaxxery, I imagine that another major threat to community immunization is good old fashioned poverty and lack of education, rather than Berkeley-style miseducation.

Making it as easy as possible for new parents to get their kids vaccinated should be a city priority. One outbreak of whooping cough can wreak havoc –– on both the vaccinated and unvaccinated –– that would make $1.5 million seem like chump change.

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