City of Victoria to provide no-cost flu shots to homeless and low-income residents

VFD Chief believes getting the flu shot is crucial to prevent two outbreaks at once

Flu Shot Flyer

VICTORIA, Texas- The Victoria Fire Department announced Wednesday they are partnering with local health care providers and nonprofits to provide a no-cost flu shot for homeless and low-income residents.

The City of Victoria said the clinic will be funded by Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus 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.

Victoria Fire Department Chief Tracy Fox explained that 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.

“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 flu-shot event is scheduled for October 26-28 from 11 a.m. to 1 pm. at Queen City Park.

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.

Signs will be posted at local nonprofits leading up to the event to inform residents about the clinic. In addition, the Victoria Fire Department said that their employees next week will visit Christ’s Kitchen to hand out flyers with information about the event in English and Spanish.

The City said that “under the conditions of the CDBG-CV program, people who receive vaccinations must fall below 80% of Victoria’s low- to moderate-income threshold, which ranges from $38,550 for a single-person household to $72,700 for a family of eight. To qualify, residents must provide two months’ worth of pay stubs and bank statements or, if unemployed, may provide proof of unemployment or self-certify that they have no income. Additionally, residents must not have access to no-cost flu vaccinations through health insurance or other means. 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.