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Department of Veterans Affairs offers free drive-thru flu shots for veterans

Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 18:01:46-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging everyone to get a flu shot this year, including our veterans.

"We really don't want to see our veterans or our staff with both," said Dr. Tina Prince, the associate director for Patient Care Services. "We're starting to see in the North Florida area patients who have both COVID and the flu."

The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering flu shots for veterans at drive-thru clinics in North Florida and South Georgia.

Time is running out to get the shots at the drive-thru.

Those behind the idea say it's as easy as ordering a burger and fries at the drive-thru.

Kelli McCall Crews, a nurse practitioner, came up with the idea in 2018 and is working on expanding the operation.

"It basically involves a staff, mobile clinic with a laptop, a refrigerated car for the flu vaccine, and all the supplies you need," said McCall Crews. "It allows the veterans to drive up and get their vaccine without even getting out of their vehicle."

November 13 is the last day enrolled or eligible Veterans may get their flu vaccine via the drive-thru locations in Tallahassee, Marianna, Valdosta, or Perry. After that date, Veterans will still be able to walk up for a flu vaccine.