SALINAS, CA, October 11, 2021 – For some families, getting their flu shot at a Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s free community clinic has become an annual tradition. Once again, hundreds of people showed up today for one of the first clinics of the season held in collaboration with the Monterey County Public Health Department.
“We’re thrilled with the turnout,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “We avoided a severe flu season last year.. Many experts say that’s not going to be the case this year. Every person who gets vaccinated against the flu and against COVID-19 is not only protecting themselves, they are helping to protect our entire community this winter. We thank them and our tremendous volunteers who help support our free vaccination clinics.”
More than 50 SVMHS nurses, staff and Hartnell nursing students helped with Saturday’s event held at the hospital campus in partnership with the Monterey County Health department.
The clinical team administered nearly 500 flu shots and provided more than 60 COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines.
Additional clinics are being held in the coming weeks.
Saturday, October 16, 11am – 2pm
Taylor Farms Family Health & Wellness Center
850 5th Street, Gonzales
Wednesday, October 20, 4pm- 7pm
Palma High School
919 Iverson Street, Salinas
People should not attend community clinics if they have a fever or are not feeling well with any COVID-19 or flu like symptoms or have recently been in contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Masks are required and social distancing will be in place. Families should avoid bringing anyone to the clinic who is not receiving a vaccine.
The flu vaccine is provided to anyone six months and older. The COVID-19 vaccine is offered to people 12 and older wanting a first or second shot of the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine. It is also available as a booster or third shot for those who had previously received the Pfizer rounds and may have waning immunity.
You can find more information on the three free flu clinics at www.svmh.com/flu or by calling our Health Promotion Department at (831) 759- 1890.