(Posted Oct. 7, 2020)
Theresa Hennis, Staff Writer
The convenience of drive-through services has never been more valuable to consumers than it is now with COVID-19 concerns. Drive-through pharmacies, restaurants, and banking have saved the day.
New on the scene is Madison County Public Health’s drive-through flu shot clinic located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center, home of the Farm Science Review, in London. The clinic entrance is off of U.S. Route 40; the exit is onto State Route 38.
Set to run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through October, the clinic is drawing an average of 100 consumers each session. The first session was held on Sept. 29. The site is being used as practice for future COVID-19 vaccine clinics.
When a person arrives at the Agricultural Center for a flu shot, the first station they drive up to is the registration hut, where they fill out a form, unless they have pre-registered online.
Then they drive to the insurance and payment station. The health department accepts most insurances for flu shots. For visitors who do not have insurance, the cost of a regular flu shot is $27; the cost of a high-dose flu shot for those who are 65 and older is $63. Payment plans are available. No one is turned away due to lack of insurance or inability to pay.
Next up is the vaccine station where nurses administer shots to visitors at their cars. The final stop is a First Aid station for anyone with health concerns after receiving their shot.
““We’re still making appointments for routine vaccines through the health department, but we knew for the volume of flu shots we’d be giving, and with the pandemic concerns, this spot was great for all of our flu shots this year,” said Chris Cook, Madison County health commissioner.
“People don’t have to leave their cars, and we can line up a lot of cars for mass vaccinations. From the registration to the exit, we’re averaging seven minutes. It speeds the process up even more if you pre-register online.”
Kirk Scheiderer of West Jefferson was among area residents who visited the clinic on Oct. 6.
“This is very convenient. If they do the COVID shots, I’ll be back,” he said.
Anyone who visits the flu shot clinic is asked to have their ID and insurance card (or credit/debit card) with them. Masks are required. Clinic visitors stay in their cars the entire time. Appointments are not necessary.
For more information, visit flushot.madisonph.org or call Madison County Public Health at (740) 852-3065. The health department is located at 306 Lafayette St., Suite B, London.