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Drive-thru clinic offers 'absolutely free' flu shots in Short Pump

Nurse: 'We gave about 600 flu shots to the community'
Posted at 9:01 PM, Oct 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 10:44:17-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- Bon Secours Short Pump Emergency Center held a free drive-thru clinic that allowed people to get their flu shot without getting out of the car Saturday in Short Pump.

“So you just drive up, we hand you a consent form through your window, you fill everything out," Kristen Duncan, nurse leader of the emergency room at Bon Secours Short Pump Emergency Center, explained. "We don’t have to see your insurance card or anything. Fill it out and when you get to the tent to hand it to the nurse. They will administer the vaccine and give you a copy of your records as well."

Duncan said they helped administer hundreds of shots.

“We gave about 600 flu shots to the community today, absolutely free of charge," Duncan said.

According to the Virginia Department of Health, there were roughly 12,000 flu cases in the state last year, with 127 outbreaks.

Duncan said with the COVID-19 pandemic still going on, now is the time to get vaccinated.

“We’ve already started seeing it this year which makes it even more important to go and get your flu shot," Duncan said. “Just because COVID-19’s here and we’re wearing masks, doesn’t mean the flu isn't going to be present in the community.”

Duncan said they will have another free clinic in Midlothian next Saturday at Bon Secours Westchester Emergency Center from 9 a.m. to 1p.m.

Richmond will also be having a free clinic next Saturday as well as Henrico County.