Hmong Wausau Festival to feature free COVID-19 vaccination clinic
H2N, Wisconsin National Guard to provide vaccination clinic at this weekend’s festival
The Hmong and Hispanic Communication Network (H2N) and the Wisconsin National Guard are partnering with the Hmong Wausau Festival to provide a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic at this year’s event. The Hmong Wausau Festival will take place this weekend, July 31 – Aug. 1, 2021, at People’s Sports Complex in Wausau.
The first 25 people vaccinated each day will receive a $10 voucher for food vendors at the festival.
The free vaccine clinic will be open from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and is open to ages 12 and older. Minors who are 12-17 years of age require parental consent to receive the vaccine. Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be administered by the Wisconsin National Guard. Appointments are not required, and walk-ins are welcomed.
“I believe there are many benefits to having H2N partner with the Wausau Hmong Festival,” said Doua Chee Xiong, Community Health Internship Program intern. “By partnering with the festival, attendees will be able to have their questions and concerns answered by a trustworthy source such as H2N.”
The Hmong Wausau Festival is expected to draw thousands of attendees and is the largest Hmong festival in central Wisconsin. The event is hosted by the Hmong American Center and is partnered with the Central Wisconsin Convention and Visitor Bureau. The festival will feature sports, music, and art from the Hmong community, as well as food and merchandise vendors.
H2N is a collaborative project of WIPPS, the Medical College of Wisconsin – Central Wisconsin, the Wausau Free Clinic, Asociación Hispana-Americana and the Hmong American Center. The project was developed in 2020 to provide communities of color with resources and tools to better withstand the COVID-19 pandemic.