Peoria City Council approved an intergovernmental agreement between the city of Peoria and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to provide free influenza shots to Peoria residents.
The Peoria Fire-Medical Department will be working with MCDPH to identify locations throughout Peoria to provide the shots in the next several weeks. Flu shots were scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at Peoria High School; Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the Centennial High School parking lot; and Thursday, Nov. 5, in the Sunrise Mountain High School parking lot.
Other dates, times and locations will be posted on social media and peoriaaz.gov.
“Public health experts say that the best way to prevent the flu virus is by getting a vaccination each year,” Mayor Cathy Carlat said. “We want to ensure all Peoria residents have access to the resources they need as they continue to protect themselves and their families, and this partnership is one more way to do that.”
The intergovernmental agreement passed by council Oct. 20 is the first time the Peoria Fire-Medical Department and MCDPH have partnered to provide the service.
“As the fall flu season begins during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts say that getting a flu shot is particularly important,” said Mario Bravo, a Peoria Fire-Medical spokesman.
“According to MCDPH, the flu virus often leads to high hospitalization rates in the winter months.”