Published on September 30, 2020

OH to Host Drive-thru Flu Shot Clinic at Convention Center

By Katie Pickens - Owensboro Times

Owensboro Health will open up its first-ever drive-thru flu shot clinic Thursday at the Owensboro Convention Center. The move to implement a no-appointment-needed curbside flu shot clinic was made in light of ongoing COVID-19 cases and healthcare providers’ need to differentiate coronavirus cases from flu cases this fall. 

According to B.C. Childress,  OH Director for Outpatient Pharmacy Services, a team at Owensboro Health began looking into ways to protect patients and staff back when COVID-19 started spreading in March. 

Without having to make an appointment, patients at the curbside clinic will be able to call a phone number listed at the site when they show up. Outpatient pharmacy services will also be located at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital’s Entrance B by the auditorium. 

Childress said Owensboro Health is offering hundreds of doses of the three most common flu vaccines at the curbside site. 

“It’s especially important to get your flu vaccine this year to avoid higher hospital burdens and unneeded quarantines,” Childress said, adding that this year’s most common flu vaccine was determined to be 60% effective. “This year, more than ever, we need that herd immunity pertaining to the flu.” 

The drive-thru flu shot clinic will be open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Thursday. Most prescription insurance cards will be accepted, including Medicare. A private pay of $25 can be made via cash or check for those without health insurance. 

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.