MONROE TOWNSHIP, SNYDER COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — Flu season is coming and on Wednesday, Geisinger held its first drive-thru flu clinic of the fall in Monroe Township in the hopes of increasing vaccination rates among area residents.
While many remain concerned about protecting themselves from COVID-19, drive through clinics will be popping up throughout the fall to help vaccinate as many people as possible against the seasonal flu.
“The goal of today’s event was really to provide a safe, quick way for people to get vaccinated in a way that allows them to stay inside their vehicles. It’s quick, it’s efficient for them,” said Emily Dale, a wellness specialist with Geisinger.
Wednesday marked the first of about 20 Geisinger drive-thru flu clinics scheduled for this fall.
Dale says despite fears surrounding the coronavirus, mass vaccinations against the seasonal flu remain critical for maintaining public health.
“While it’s not going to cover the COVID strain, there are two separate viruses. Having those two viruses at the same time, or even one after the other could have serious health effects and could be potentially life threatening.”
Participants over 18 were able to drive up, receive a vaccine and drive off without leaving their vehicle completely cost free. Geisinger officials said they were prepared to administer about 500 doses for the day.
“We’re both in our 70’s, and 80. And it’s very important to both of us to stay healthy as much as we can and keep life going on,” said Michael Colahan, who received a flu vaccine.
Many who turned out said the unknown status of a COVID cure was added motivation to protect themselves against a flu virus with a reliable vaccine.
“You know, it is a concern because now that the weather is changing, how many more people are going to be affected by, perhaps both,” said Doris Benner.
These drive through flu clinics will be taking place throughout Northeast and Central Pennsylvania until early November. Click Here to learn more.
The next clinic will take place this Saturday and Sunday at Geisinger Centerpoint near Pittston from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day.