Puerto Rico – The Department of Health and the Coalition for Vaccination and Health Promotion, VOCES, joined forces again to promote the flu marathon, which this year inaugurates the Servi-Flo.
The initiative, whose objective is to encourage citizens to get vaccinated against influenza, without the need to get out of the car, will spread to several municipalities on the island.
The health event, in which influenza vaccines will be administered for free, will reach the municipalities of Arecibo, Aguadilla, Comerio, Mayagüez, Bayamón, Ponce, Fajardo, Humacao, Caguas and San Juan.
The vaccine marathon will take place from today October 31 to December 15, from eight to four.
“Every year we urge the people to get vaccinated against the influenza virus, but this year, getting vaccinated becomes more important due to the pandemic. We have to counteract the risk of a person developing influenza and COVID-19 at the same time, since a patient’s scenario could be complicated, to the point of causing death, “explained the Undersecretary of the Department of Health, Iris Cardona , emphasizing that you should not lower your guard as statistics on influenza reflect thousands of deaths worldwide.
For her part, Lilliam Rodríguez, president of VOCES, added that, as part of their mission and vision of safeguarding human life through vaccination as a preventive method for vaccine-preventable diseases, they created Servi-Flu, replacing the massive vaccinations that they used to carry out in previous years.
“This year it will not be possible to carry out mass vaccinations due to the pandemic, but we are not going to stop vaccinating. We adapt to the times and change to the concept of Servi Flú, which will allow health professionals to vaccinate participants from their own vehicles; It is an easy, fast and safe method for everyone ”.
Under the slogan “Puerto Rico: it’s your turn to get vaccinated”, the Flu Marathon begins today at the Petaca Iguina Coliseum in Arecibo, with the collaboration of the National Guard, who support the process.
On Saturday, November 7, they will be at Las Cascadas de Aguadilla, and on Sunday, November 8, at the Media Luna recreational area in Comerío.
Meanwhile, on Saturday, November 14, they will arrive at the Isidoro García de Mayagüez Stadium and the next day, Sunday, November 15, the vaccinations will take place at the Municipal Parking Lot, located behind the Bayamón Judicial Center.
On Saturday, November 21, Ponce will play in the vicinity of the Pachín Vicens auditorium.
People from Fajardo and neighboring towns will have the opportunity to get vaccinated for free on December 5 at the Tomás Dones Coliseum.
Humacao is responsible for December 6 at the Osvaldo Gil Bosh Coliseum.
On December 12, the residents of the Caguas area will arrive at the Ángel O. Berrios Sports Complex and finally, the Servi-Flú will end in San Juan, on December 13 at the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum Parking Lot.
The 2020-2021 flu season began in September and will run through June 30, 2021.