Drive-Thru Flu Clinic

By: Amanda Goodman Email
By: Amanda Goodman Email

BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Cars were bumper to bumper this morning in one community and it had nothing to do with cheap gas.

The Ashland-Boyd County Health Department gave out 700 free flu shots as part of a drive-thru clinic at Boyd County Middle School.

Kristy Bolen, Public Information Officer for the Health Department says this clinic is part of an exercise, "We are testing our emergency preparedness plan to be able to vaccinate a large number of people in a very short amount of time."

The School’s parking lot was divided into four lanes that were roped off to make sure there was no lane changing.

As the drivers came in they were directed to one of the four lanes to fill out a registration form.

Once completed the cars continued down the lanes until they reached the nurses station, where the forms were collected, counted, and the nurses asked a few medical history questions before administering the vaccine.

"I think it’s a very organized system and I think it has worked remarkably well, much better than I think we even anticipated it working honestly," Bolen said.

There was even a special assistance area set up in case people needed to get out of their cars to be vaccinated.

Carol Nichols was out yard sale shopping with her family when she decided to stop in for a shot, "It was really easy and convenient, I anticipated long lines but I was in and out," she said.

In fact the clinic was running so smoothly, the health department was out of vaccines by 11am.

"I think that we have had a spectacular turnout, everyone has been very patient, all of our staff has worked very, very hard to get everyone through in a timely fashion," Bolen said.

Saturday’s clinic was such a success Bolen said they are considering doing another one next year, but that would require an extra step, "These free flu shots were made possible through a grant, so if we do this again next year we would have to figure out a way to collect payments from people for the shot.”

In the meantime Bolen said today’s clinic will provide valuable information should a pandemic ever hit Boyd County.

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