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Posted on: August 17, 2021

City of Killeen takes action on increased COVID-19 threat

Leaders releasing campaigns encouraging vaccines, awareness

KILLEEN, Texas (Aug. 17, 2021) – Leaders within the City of Killeen have begun a campaign to help encourage more residents to get vaccinated, and to push for vaccinated individuals to remain vigilant. 

On Friday, Aug. 13, Mayor Jose Segarra released the first in series of public service announcements, which will be followed by videos featuring several city council members.

On Monday, Aug. 14, the City released the first of several informational fliers that will circulate throughout the city and be shared by the Bell County Health District, as well as other emergency services and medical professionals. Fliers will also be released to residents with their next water bill for direct contact.

The videos and fliers focus on residents texting their zipcode to GETVAX (438829), for a list of nearby locations to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot. Each person is also sent information about free childcare and getting a ride to a vaccination location. Residents may also call the connected hotline at 1-800-232-0233 for the same information. 

Leaders want to highlight that the coronavirus is still present and those who are vaccinated must still follow guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, including wearing a mask, washing hands and social distancing. Leaders are also spreading awareness about the heightened effects of the Delta variant on youth, leading to more hospitalizations. 

The videos can be viewed on any of the City of Killeen’s social media channels (Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/YouTube), as well as the City’s website and the Government Channel (Spectrum Channel 10). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hr9X3KbBX0Y 

Expect the City of Killeen’s COVID-19 campaign to continue to roll out over the next, several weeks. Killeen’s Emergency Services Department will also release updates at each City Council meeting, which are held every other Tuesday.

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