DSHS hosts COVID-19 Vaccine Event targeting Victoria Area families & youth

The vaccine event is today from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 

VICTORIA, Texas – With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations on the rise in Texas, The Texas Department of State Health Services is launching a new campaign to promote vaccination, with a greater focus on young people in the Lone Star State.

The DSHS will hold pop-up events at Walmart locations across the state to talk with parents and families about the importance of vaccination for younger Texans as they prepare for the next school year and as the Delta variant spreads more widely in Texas.

Older adults at the greatest risk of hospitalization and death from COVID-19 have overwhelmingly been vaccinated, but uptake has been lower among younger age groups. Three-quarters of Texans 65 and older are now fully vaccinated, compared with 40 percent of those ages 18 to 34, and just 26 percent among ages 12 to 17. Cases and hospitalizations are increasing as data indicates the Delta variant now accounts for most new COVID-19 infections in Texas. The variant spreads more easily and may cause more severe disease.

With all of this in mind, DSHS will launch its new campaign in Victoria today from 3 p.m.- 7 p.m., with a COVID-19 vaccine outreach outdoor display at the local Walmart, located at 9002 N Navarro St., Victoria, TX 77904. A 16-foot-tall video wall in the store parking lot will play DSHS’ PSAs and sound bites from local spokespeople, including pediatricians and parents, discussing the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and reasons for everyone 12 years and older to get it as soon as possible. Visitors will be able to cool off with free treats and engage in family games, such as an arcade-style basketball game and wheel spin.