Thanks to our incredible Victoria Fire Department and amazing local healthcare providers for partnering with non-profits, so that our area homeless and low-income families can now receive a no-cost flu shot from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26th through October 28th at Queen City Park. 

* Look for the signs at Queen City Park to lead your way.

According to a recent civic alert provided by the City of Victoria which you can read here, the Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus ( a program of HUD) funds provided to the City of Victoria through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CDBG-CV funding is allocated for preparation, prevention, and protection against COVID-19. "Protection against the seasonal flu is an important part of Victoria’s COVID-19 response because of the danger that the region’s health care resources could be strained by responding to two outbreaks at once, said Victoria Fire Department Chief Tracy Fox.

“Our goal is to keep our hospitalizations low by making sure as many people as possible get their flu vaccinations this year,” Fox said. “This clinic will help to expand access to vulnerable populations who wouldn’t be able to be vaccinated otherwise.” the Civic Alert offers.

Vaccinations will be provided by personnel from the Victoria Fire Department, Citizens Medical Center, and DeTar Healthcare System. Mid-Coast Family Services and the Victoria Area Homeless Coalition are also helping to coordinate the event.

A very special thank you to those who volunteer to help provide services to our area homeless and low- income families.

Photo courtesy of City of Victoria

In order to qualify for the free vaccines, those who are participating in the flu shot must fall below 80% of Victoria's low to moderate-income threshold. You must be able to provide two months of pay stubs and statements or if unemployed, they must provide proof of unemployment. The City of Victoria will work with its nonprofit partners to determine whether homeless residents meet the criteria.

For more information, contact the Victoria Fire Department at 361-485-3450

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