Parents protest Health Department closures of immunization clinics in Bronx, Queens

Health officials say the decision was made in order to consolidate services and reduce costs.

Health officials say the decision was made in order to consolidate services and reduce costs. (8/8/13)

THE BRONX - The city's Health Department says it's shutting down two immunization clinics in the Bronx and Queens at the end of the month.

Angry parents protested the closures on the steps of City Hall Wednesday in hopes of saving the centers, which include the Tremont Immunization Clinic.

Health officials say the decision was made in order to consolidate services and reduce costs, but parents argue that they need the clinics, especially at a time when children are getting back-to-school vaccinations.

The union for affected workers say that the closing locations served 29,000 patients in 2012, and that August is ironically National Immunization Awareness Month.

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