Taylor County Senior Center to offer flu vaccines


TAYLOR COUNTY—While many residents are doing their parts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, health officials would like to remind individuals of the upcoming flu season, and stress that this year it is more important than ever to ensure they protect themselves against the virus.

To help hamper the spread of the flu, the Taylor County Senior Citizens Center, located at 52 Trap Springs Rd, Grafton, will be offering a drive-thru flu vaccination clinic.

Residents are encouraged to make their way to the senior center on Tuesday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.

Typically, the facility hosts a vaccination event for their employees, but this year, officials have decided to extend the opportunity to individuals throughout the community. 

“We just felt like this year it was more important than ever to safeguard ourselves against the flu, with everything else going on,” expressed Elissa Stewart, Taylor County Senior Citizens Center Executive Director.

During the event, health officials will be administering the vaccine to each carload and will work to ensure that all safe social distancing protocols are being followed. 

Everyone taking part in the event will need to make sure they are wearing their masks when driving through the clinic.

Participants will also need to bring with them all insurance cards, along with a driver’s license or another form of identification in order to take part in the clinic, according to Stewart.

“We wanted to host this drive-thru flu shot clinic as a way to provide a convenient and safe opportunity for members of our community to receive the flu vaccine, and as a way to help promote wellness within our county,” expressed Stewart.

She revealed that Whitehall Pharmacy, who is utilized by the senior center frequently, will be dispensing the shots and overseeing the process.

“Whitehall Pharmacy delivers prescriptions to a good bit the seniors at the center each month,” Stewart noted. “Their delivery service has really helped to keep a population who is a greater risk of contracting viruses safer at home during this crazy COVID time.”

For more information on this clinic, please contact Nancy Poling by phone at 304-265-4555.

For those who may not be able to make it to this drive-thru clinic, health entities around the county will be offering their own vaccination events in the near future. Among those will be the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department and Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, Inc.

The proactive folks at the health department have been busy working out the details to hold possibly three drive-thru clinics in addition to their regular walk-in at the clinic.

“We are not going to be able to start right now, because we are still working to get it ordered, but the health department is working on plans for flu vaccination events,” said Thorn. 

Bender said that they would be ramping up their flu vaccination efforts in about three weeks to ensure that those folks who wish to receive the vaccine get it in peak time.

Preston-Taylor Community Health Centers, Inc. will also be gearing up for their flu vaccination efforts in the near future.

“As soon as we get the vaccines, we will have two days a week where people can drive by to get their shots and then keep going,” said Dr. Wenzel.

These drive-thru clinic days will be available for existing patients at the facility, but health officials there are working to make it available to other residents, as well. 

He expressed the importance this year of getting the vaccine saying, “getting the flu vaccine is always a good idea, but more so this year.”

For more information, please contact the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department by phone at 304-265-1288 or Preston-Taylor County Community Health Centers, Inc at 304-265-4909.

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