Hundreds taking advantage of drive-through flu shots

Messenger photos by Theresa Hennis
Kirk Scheiderer (left) of West Jefferson receives a flu shot as he sits in his car at Madison County Public Health’s drive-through flu shot clinic at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. Administering the shot is Wright State University nursing student Luke Kleinfelder. The student volunteers are working in partnership with Madison County Public Health to fulfill their required credit hours.

(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.

Jim Jordan and Holly Langham man the registration station at Madison County Public Health’s drive-through flu shot clinic at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London. The entrance to the clinic is located off of U.S. Route 40 and is well marked with signs.

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.

(From left) Madison County Health Commissioner Chris Cook, public information officer Erin Fawley, and medical biller Vickie Hinderer stand ready to answer questions at the insurance/payment station of Madison County Public Health’s drive-through shot clinic at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London.

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.

Preparing vaccines at the drive-through clinic are nurse Ashley Palmer (left), Madison County Public Health Director of Nursing Susan Young (front right) and nurse Andrea Spencer (back right).

“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 or call Madison County Public Health at (740) 852-3065. The health department is located at 306 Lafayette St., Suite B, London.

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