Public Health offers flu shots in Washington

WASHINGTON — Rain or shine, people can receive a flu shot in Central Park on Wednesday.

In an effort to get as many people vaccinated as possible, the Washington County Public Health is holding a public flu shot clinic in the square.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. people can get a flu shot for $30 and no appointment is needed.

One of the biggest barriers to vaccinating people is getting them in the door, said Erin James of Washington County Public Health. With this outdoor clinic, it is not only easier for people to stop by, it is also safer for those with COVID-19 concerns.

This event is just one of many ways public health has been reaching out to vaccinate the community.

Throughout the month of October, they have been traveling to businesses, schools and the courthouse and vaccinating staff and students.

The numbers of those getting vaccinated has not increase as compared to previous years, but James said there have been individuals saying it was the first time in a long time they have gotten the flu shot.

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local health officials say it is more important than ever to get a flu shot.

The Center for Disease Control recommends getting a flu shot in September or October, but anytime during the season can still protect against influenza.