Easthampton Health Department, Walgreens offer drive-thru flu shot clinic

Hampshire County

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – For seven months, we’ve been fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. With another battle against the flu coming soon, Easthampton residents had the option to get the vaccine in their own cars.

The Easthampton Board of Health asked the city’s local Walgreens Pharmacy to hold its first-ever drive-thru flu clinic Saturday.

“We’ve never done one before,” said Monique Bennett-Vonn, the Pharmacy Manager at Easthampton’s Walgreens. “This year it’s more important than ever to get as many people as vaccinated as possible.”

Saturday’s flu shot drive-thru was an important way for Easthampton residents who have concerns about getting the vaccine inside in a public place. It was quick, easy and convenient.

Louise, a senior resident told 22News, “I didn’t want to go inside for it. I was really glad when I saw on Facebook that the Easthampton Health Department was doing this.”

Everyone who got a flu shot Saturday had to pre-register for the drive-thru.

Getting a flu shot doesn’t mean you won’t get the virus. But you are much less likely to develop any severe symptoms.

Easing the burden off hospitals will be important this fall and winter with an expected second wave of COVID-19 to come.

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