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Free flu vaccines available to Coastal Bend residents

FamilyWize, the prescription discount service that’s helping communities in need, has announced it is teaming up with Walgreens and United Way to offer free flu vaccinations in communities across the country, including the Coastal Bend. This partnership reinforces FamilyWize’s ongoing commitment to helping people in need access critical medications including the preventative flu vaccine ahead of the cold and flu season.

The free flu vaccine voucher is available to anyone 18 and older who is uninsured or unable to afford the flu vaccine. People can request the voucher by calling 211 and asking for the free FamilyWize flu vaccine. For qualified individuals, the voucher will be emailed for redemption at a local Walgreens pharmacy. An ID or proof of citizenship are not required to receive a vaccination. Vaccines are subject to availability and state, age and health-related restrictions may apply.

As the United States continues to grapple with COVID-19, access to the flu vaccine is essential to help prevent the spread of this infection. While the flu vaccine does not prevent COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) believes it’s likely that both viruses will be spreading at the same time, increasing the importance of receiving a flu vaccination this year.

“This year it’s even more important for people to receive a flu vaccination, in light of the COVID-19 environment,” said Rick Bates, founder and CEO of RxSense, the parent company of FamilyWize. “We are proud to partner with Walgreens and 211 to help people across the country access this vital vaccine during this critical point in our public health.”

For more information on FamilyWize or the flu vaccine program, please visit www.familywize.org, download the FamilyWize app, or call 800-222-2818. For other types of help and additional resources, please call your local 211 or visit 211texas.org.