On October 6, Nevada County Public Health held its annual Emergency Preparedness drive-through clinic with great success. The theme was “A Superhero Response” and the event saw many volunteers dress up as their favorite comic book heroes as they helped during the event. As usual, the clinic provides a service to the community and tests the preparedness of Nevada County’s Public Health Department to administer injections in a safe way during situations where community members should maintain distancing from other households.
Lines of cars packed Twin City Church’s parking lots as they snaked their way to one of five stations where recipients of the flu shot were vaccinated. Members of the community were grateful and enthusiastic for this free service. Community turn out exceeded expectation and some cars had to be turned away once the threshold of 600 available vaccines was reached.
The event was a collaboration between the Nevada County Public Health Department and other partners. The clinic was hosted by Twin Cities Church with many volunteers from the local Rotary club, Samuel Merritt University and California State University, Sacramento Schools of Nursing, and the community. Working together, personnel directed cars, handed out face masks, interacted with the community and administered flu shots.
The community-wide drive-through clinic demonstrated that Nevada County has the capacity to smoothly operate an event of this magnitude. In the case of an emergency, the County is able to organize an event that can efficiently distribute vaccines. The event also further validated the County’s ability to administer COVID-19 vaccinations once they become available.
Due to the nature of this year’s influenza season, members of the community are particularly advised to receive their flu vaccines and to remind their loved ones as well. Health officials warn of a “twindemic,” a COVID-19 pandemic that is exacerbated by an increase of influenza infections. In order to avoid this situation, everyone should remember to get vaccinated for influenza in addition to adhering to COVID-19 precautions. This will protect members of the community and those around them.
Flu vaccines are available through several options:
- An appointment with your Primary Care Provider
- Local pharmacies
- Chapa de Tribal Health Clinic, Tuesdays, 1:30-5:30
- Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Saturday, 10/24