A national health vendor that had partnered with the Victoria school district to provide flu shots to students at no cost this year will not be offering the vaccine clinics, according to a news release.
Shawna Currie, VISD spokeswoman, said she was told by Healthy Schools LLC on Tuesday that the vendor will no longer have a flu vaccine clinic with the Victoria school district this year.
“Unfortunately, Healthy Schools has discontinued the flu vaccine clinics for all school districts in Texas,” Currie said in a news release.
Healthy Schools is a Florida-based vendor that provides services at no cost to parents and schools, including flu vaccine clinics and immunizations.
The Victoria school district had partnered with the vendor this year to offer a no-cost flu vaccine clinic for students this fall for flu season. The clinics were scheduled for later this fall.
Currie said she was told by the vendor the service will not be provided to Texas school districts because the growing cost of running free flu clinics has “made it impossible for Healthy Schools to continue the program” in the state.
The school district has sent emails to all parents in the district to inform them that Healthy Schools will be reaching out to everyone who had submitted a digital consent form for their child to receive a flu shot through the program.
The Victoria school district also recommended that parents reach out to the local health department or their child’s pediatrician to inquire about an alternative free or low-cost flu vaccine, Currie said.
Healthy Schools did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon, nor was there any news release about the discontinued services to Texas school districts on its website.