Starting this weekend, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health and the El Paso Fire Department have partnered with local organizations to begin offering flu vaccines to seniors 65 years and older, the area’s most vulnerable population.
“While the City will provide free flu vaccines to only seniors at this time, once the City receives its complete allocation of vaccines, the City will provide free flu vaccines to all eligible individuals,” organizers shared.
The events are free of charge for seniors 65 years and older and require no appointment or insurance.
Residents are reminded that all individuals getting the shot will be required to wear a face covering.
Connect All Abilities Event: Walk-Up
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, September 18
Eastside Sports Complex, 14380 Montwood
Health and Wellness Fair: Walk- Up
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, September 19
Abundant Church (East), 1000 Valley Crest Dr.
Organizers add that the “Be POWERflu” prevention campaign is meant to reduce the number of flu cases and prevent serious related illness during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals receive a shot every year as protection against serious illness due to the flu.
Reducing the number of cases will also reduce the number of flu-related hospitalizations, which in turn will help keep hospital rooms available for those being treated for COVID-19 infections and other serious illnesses or conditions.