BRYAN- Many patients who have private insurance will no longer be able to get vaccinated at the Brazos County Health Department due to a new state wide policy change.
Jessica Thompson has been getting her vaccinations at the Brazos County Health Department for years, but now she may need to go somewhere else.
"It will be very frustrating for college students who usually come here," Thompson said, "And have come here in the past, and then it won't be available this year."
The new policy change by the Department of State Health Services only allows the uninsured or underinsured to get vaccinated at community health facilities. Those who have private insurance must go back to their primary physician.
BCHD Community Health Services Division Director, Julie Anderson said,"We've seen a lot more frustration as people stop by here and realize they have private insurance, and for the first time they are being redirected to their primary physician."
Thompson says vaccinations will no longer be as easy as a walk in visit anymore.
"If you do live here it's convenient,"Thompson said, "You don't have to make an appointment and you don't have to wait. Sometimes doctors offices could have a 2-3 month wait."
Not only is the new policy causing frustration, but the health department is losing thousands of patients.
"50 percent of people will need to get back to their primary physicians," Anderson said, "It's a significant impact to the health department... significant."
Anderson is warning parents and students of the change before the back to school rush.
"Biggest thing is to get the information out, so there's not this lack of knowledge and no panic in August."
The Department of State Health Services implemented the new policy in January 2012.
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