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Green Bay VA to host drive-thru flu shot clinic
Based on the success of last year’s event, a drive-thru flu shot clinic will take place again this year at the Green Bay VA Health Care Clinic.
The clinic will be 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sept. 27-Oct. 1, with a format nearly identical to last year’s event.
“It was very successful,” said Erin Walker, primary care registered nurse program manager at the Green Bay clinic, 2851 University Ave. “We had Veterans from all the NEWAC (Northeastern Wisconsin Ambulatory Care) clinics, as well as farther north and west.”
The NEWAC region, part of the Zablocki VA Health Care System, includes clinics in Green Bay, Cleveland, and Appleton.
No appointments are required. Participants will enter the clinic parking lot from University Avenue and follow the signs and instructions on where to park.
Other things to remember:
- Participants must wear a mask. Masks will be provided for those who don’t have one.
- Participants must remain in their vehicles.
- The vehicle should be placed in park.
- The care team will provide any further instructions.
- Smoking is prohibited on the clinic campus.
- The drive-thru may be delayed or canceled due to weather.
- There is no cost.
COVID-19 vaccines will not be available at the drive-thru event.
“Because the COVID vaccine is new, a period of observation is required, which we cannot accommodate during the drive-thru clinic,” Walker said.
Masking, social distancing and other measures used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 made last year’s flu season relatively mild. However, many areas have relaxed such restrictions this year, and the flu is notoriously fickle, Walker said.
“I encourage robust vaccinating against the flu, because there’s no way for us to predict how severe the flu season will be,” she said. “Veterans’ best protection against serious flu complications is to get a flu vaccine.”
Walker said September, October and November “are wonderful times” to get a flu shot because flu activity tends to increase in October, peak December through February, and linger into May.
In addition to the drive-thru clinic, flu shots are available by appointment at the Green Bay, Cleveland and Appleton clinics or can be administered in addition to any previously scheduled clinic visit.
- Green Bay, 2851 University Ave.; phone 920-431-2500
- Appleton, 10 Tri-Park Way; phone 920-831-0700
- Cleveland,1205 North Ave.; phone 920-693-5600
Any Veterans unable to get their shots at a VA clinic are encouraged to do so through any community providers, such as CVS drug stores and urgent care clinics.
Enrolled Veterans can visit https://www.va.gov/communitycare/flushot.asp to find locations to get a no-cost flu shot.
“Get the vaccine wherever it is convenient – whether it is through our drive-thru clinic, our in-the-building clinic or at one of those community-care locations,” Walker said.