Free Flu Shots and COVID Testing
With the goal of ensuring the accessibility of flu shots, Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital has partnered with the Graves County Health Department to provide free flu shots Monday, Oct. 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mayfield Plaza parking lot (off Paris Road in Mayfield) For the safety and comfort of attendees, the event will offer both a drive-thru and socially-distant option.
The flu vaccinations are free to those without insurance and will be provided by a Mercy Health nurse. The vaccinations are covered by most insurance and Medicaid so those who are insured are asked to bring their proof of insurance. Flu shots are available to anyone six months of age or older. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive immunizations. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.
The flu vaccines are available via a drive-thru option. For those utilizing this option, participants can park and stay in their own cars. For those attending without a car, physically-distanced chairs will be available. Social distancing, masking, and sanitizing will be enforced during the event, per COVID-19 guidelines.
Flu vaccines have been shown to prevent millions of illness and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. And because it is anticipated the flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter, getting vaccinated is more important than ever. Those already at high risk should not chance the danger of acquiring COVID-19 and the flu simultaneously.
“We are pleased to work with our local health departments to provide two safe flu shot options for those needing access to care or who are apprehensive about venturing out,” said Mercy Health’s Community Health Manager Leigh Ann Ballegeer. “Mercy Health is committed to making access to flu shots easy and this is one more way we are meeting that commitment.” The Oct. 26 Graves County clinic joins the previously announced clinic Mercy Health – Lourdes Hospital is hosting at the McCracken County Library Oct. 24.