Free drive-thru flu vaccination clinic

Hidalgo County Health and Human Services and The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s Office of Emergency Preparedness partnered to offer 500 free flu vaccines to all first responders, UTRGV faculty, staff, their families and the public.

The three-station setup were located at the UTRGV CESS Building parking lot, and offered a glimpse into what an emergency immunization procedure would look like.

Patients drove through the first station, where they filled out brief paperwork, and moved on to a second station, where nurses waited to administer the vaccine.

At the third and final station, nurses briefly observed the patients for any immediate reactions to the shot, and gave out light refreshments.

And at no point did patients have to leave their vehicle.

“The purpose of this clinic is to take advantage of an opportunity to partner with the university, provide free flu vaccinations to the community, and to demonstrate to the public that we can handle a mass vaccination clinic,” said Eddie Olivarez, chief administrative officer of Hidalgo County Health and Human Services.

More than 60 people received vaccines, with the average time to process the patient and administer the vaccine at about five minutes per individual.

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