This year, the Falmouth Board of Health is administering flu shots to residents while they remain in their vehicles.
On Monday, October 26, any Falmouth resident 6 months and older can receive a vaccine from 2 to 5 PM at the Gus Canty Recreation Center/Senior Center parking lot at 790 Main Street.
The appointment-only, drive-through flu shot clinic is designed to be a safer and more-convenient method of distributing the vaccine during the pandemic.
“We have around 200 [vaccines] at this point,” Falmouth Health Agent Scott McGann said. “We may have another [clinic] based on need and availability."
The Visiting Nurse Association of Cape Cod, along with the health department and volunteers, will run the clinic. Falmouth police will assist with traffic.
A small parking area will be reserved as a patient waiting area in case of a reaction to the vaccine.
“We ask for residents who receive the shot to remain on site after their vaccine is administered for 15 minutes, especially if they had never received a flu shot in the past,” Mr. McGann said.
A quadrivalent single dose influenza vaccine designed to protect against four different influenza viruses—including two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses—will be offered.
The high-dose flu vaccine will not be available. The VNA of Cape Cod, the agency managing the clinic for Falmouth, does not have any on hand at his time, Mr. McGann said.
While some communities are using the drive-through model as a test for a COVID-19 vaccination distribution process, Mr. McGann said that is not necessarily the case here. He said the town’s plan for a mass vaccination would include use of Falmouth High School for any clinic serving more than 200 people.
“We’re not sure how it [a COVID-19 vaccine] would arrive—dribs and drabs or thousands at a time. The senior center is fine for smaller clinics and the high school would be used for larger clinics,” he said.
There are steps to take before arriving on the 26th for the shot. Those seeking the flu vaccine should register by Friday, October 16. Call the health department at 508-495-7485 to schedule an appointment. A completed consent form is needed (www.falmouthmass.us/1185/Flu-Clinic) for each person being vaccinated. The health department staff asks that people print and complete the form. If assistance is needed, call the health department.
There is no co-pay, but the department is asking those who want the vaccine to have an insurance card for billing. Uninsured children under 18 will be given the vaccine for free per the commonwealth. The VNA charges $17 for uninsured adults.
Mr. McGann reminds those who are getting the vaccine to wear short sleeves or clothing with easy access to the upper arm and to leave pets at home.