Peninsula Health District offering free drive-thru flu shot clinic in Newport News on October 24

Posted at 9:26 PM, Oct 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-20 21:26:14-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - If you live on the Peninsula and still need to get your flu shot, you'll soon get the opportunity to do so.

The Peninsula Health District is offering a free flu clinic at the Regional Animal Shelter located at 5843 Jefferson Avenue in Newport News from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, October 24.

Health officials say the flu vaccine is safe for children six months and older and all adults.

COVID-19 screening will be performed before anyone receives their flu shot. A mask or face covering is required.

Related: Coronavirus could lead to milder flu season if people vaccinate, doctors say

Anyone experiencing the following symptoms will not receive a flu vaccination:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Congestion/runny nose
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea

People who are waiting for the results of a COVID-19 test, have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not yet cleared to discontinue isolation or who have had close contact with anyone confirmed with the virus will not receive a flu vaccination until they are cleared by a physician.

Lyft is offering ride credits for people traveling to get a flu shot. Virginians can use the code VAFIGHTSFLU for rides to and from vaccination sites, including this event. Ride credits will be available until Dec. 31, 2020.