Initiative makes flu shots available free of charge

A flu-shot initiative offered by Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has made 1,500 flu shots available at no cost through Covered Bridge Healthcare.

The goal of the flu vaccination program is to keep people’s immune systems healthy until the COVID-19 pandemic passes, said Rick Shaffer, CEO of the Centreville-based agency.

Since the initiative began Oct. 1, Covered Bridge Healthcare personnel have attended 44 events and given about 900 shots. One effort has involved setting up at fresh-food distributions.

While they are waiting, registered nurse Julie Skaggs walks from vehicle to vehicle, asking if patrons would like to get a flu shot while they wait. The only requirement is completion of a one-page consent form.

Flu shots also have been provided at banks, fire departments and schools. One of the program’s requirements is that shots are available outside of typical work hours.

Shots are also available on a walk-in basis at the Centreville clinic, 658 E. Main St.

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