ROCKSPRINGS — Meigs County Health Department’s (MCHD) held its first “Drive-through Flu Vaccination Clinic” on Saturday at the Meigs County Fairgrounds.
This clinic was provided as an option to the traditional flu-shot clinic and as a test of MCHD’s Medical Counter Measures, Mass Vaccination and Point-of Dispensing Plans as well as a training for new members of the Meigs County Medical Reserve Corps (MCMRC). THe clinic was a success according to the health department.
From 9 a.m. to noon (a three hour period), MCHD vaccinated 36 individuals sitting in 24 cars. The total time from check-in to driving out was about 9 minutes per vehicle.
The MCMRC staff included three student nurses from Ohio University’s School of Nursing, two nurses from MCHD staff, and 4 “administrators” from MCHD.
The Meigs County Health Department would like to publicly acknowledge and thank the following contributors for our success:
· New Era Communications for the free (a public service) Broadband Internet for the morning.
· The Meigs County Fair board for the use of the fairgrounds.
· The Meigs County Sheriff’s Office for site security.
· Ohio University School of Nursing.
· Bill Spaun for offering the Shade River Coon-hunters Club as a comfort station.
· Meigs EMA/LEPC for exercise signage.
· And all of our flu shot “patients” and participants.
This clinic let individuals experience a flu shot without a long-walk or stairs or other discomfort associated with going to a doctor’s office, the health department, or other sites. MCHD accepted all medical cards, all private health insurance cards and could even accept credit cards/debit cards to cover the vaccine costs.
Flu shots are offered on a walk-in basis from 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and other weekdays by appointment at the MCHD office.
MCHD looks forward to doing it again, concluded a news release on the event.
Information provided by the Meigs County Health Department.