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Free Flu Shot and Covid Testing Clinic
With the goal of ensuring the accessibility of flu shots, Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital has partnered with the Purchase District Health Department and the McCracken County Public Library to host its fourth annual free flu shot clinic at the library (555 Washington Street) Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. For the safety and comfort of attendees, the event will offer both a drive-thru or socially-distant option. Additionally, this year’s clinic adds the availability of free COVID-19 testing by the health department.
The flu vaccinations are free to those without insurance and will be provided by a Mercy Health nurse. The vaccinations are covered by most insurance and Medicaid so those who are insured are asked to bring their proof of insurance. Flu shots are available to anyone six months of age or older. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive immunizations. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
The Purchase District Health Department’s free COVID-19 testing during the event is available for those who wish to participate. Participants do not have to have COVID symptoms or a physician order to be tested. The goal is to identify people who may be asymptomatic. No insurance is required and individuals will be notified of test results via phone call or text within a few days of the event. Those wishing to receive a COVID test can reserve a spot by signing up online at purchasehealth.org, though pre-registration is not required.
Both the flu vaccines and COVID testing are available via a drive-thru option. For those utilizing this option, participants can park and stay in their own cars. For those attending without a car, a tent outside with physically-distanced chairs will be available. Social distancing, masking, and sanitizing will be enforced during the event, per COVID-19 guidelines.
Flu vaccines have been shown to prevent millions of illness and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. And because it is anticipated the flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter, getting vaccinated is more important than ever. Those already at high risk should not chance the danger of acquiring COVID-19 and the flu simultaneously.
“Many in our community are still apprehensive about venturing out so to ensure that everyone is cared for and has access to the flu vaccine, we are not only coming to them but they don’t even need to leave the comfort of their vehicles,” said Lourdes’ Mercy Health’s Community Health Manager Leigh Ann Ballegeer. “Together with the health department and the library, Mercy Health is committing to make access easier as we approach flu season.”
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