City of Coachella Provides No-Cost COVID Testing and Flu Shot

COACHELLA — No cost coronavirus tests and flu shots will be offered next week at Bagdouma Park parking lot at Frederick Street near Avenue 51, Coachella officials announced this week.

The testing and flu shot drive-thru/walk-thru event, scheduled for Nov. 9 and Nov. 10, is being organized by the Central Neighborhood Health Foundation in partnership with the City of Coachella.

Get COVID tested, or get a flu shot, at no cost to you. The California Department of Public Health downgraded Riverside County from the “red tier” under the governor’s color-coded coronavirus regulatory system back to the more restrictive “purple tier,” meaning some businesses that had reopened in recent weeks were required to close such as gyms, restaurants, movie theaters and places of worship. County officials have been urging residents, including those not experiencing symptoms, to get tested in order to boost the county’s testing numbers.

In an effort to prevent a “twindemic” of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging Californians to get vaccinated against the flu now to protect yourself and your loved ones.

CDPH recommends the annual flu vaccination for everyone six months of age and older. Those at higher risk of getting severe flu disease include:

  • People 65 years and older.
  • People who smoke or have underlying medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, asthma, lung disease, neurologic disorders, and weakened immune systems.
  • Pregnant women and children under five years of age.
  • African Americans, Latinx and Native populations, who are disproportionally affected by chronic medical conditions that can increase the risk for severe flu or COVID-19.
  • Caregivers and residents in long-term care facilities.
  • Essential workers who encounter others outside their homes.

Appointments for the Coachella testing event can be made for various time slots between 10 a.m. and 4:00p.m. by calling 844-660-9086 or by clicking here. The Bagdouma Park is located at 51711 Douma St, Coachella, CA 92236.

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