Skagit Public Health will provide seasonal flu vaccine for uninsured adults next weekend, Saturday, Nov. 14 and Sunday, Nov. 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m at the drive-through COVID-19 testing site.
This service is for adult flu vaccine only; children’s vaccinations will not be provided. Vaccine will be available for those 19 years of age or older, who do not have medical insurance. COVID-19 testing or services will not be provided on those days, per the usual testing schedule. Vaccine doses for uninsured adults have been provided by the Washington State Department of Health.
“Flu vaccines are a good idea every year, but its more important than ever that all adults who are able get vaccinated,” said Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson, “COVID-19 and the flu have several similar symptoms, so those with the flu could easily overwhelm limited COVID-19 testing resources, hospital beds and other parts of our medical system. Additionally, if someone were to contract both COVID-19 and the flu at the same time, they’d be at much higher risk for lower health outcomes. This is an important service we’re happy to provide.”
“We’re really fortunate to have a site already set up that makes distribution of these extra vaccines possible,” said Chair of the Skagit County Board of Commissioners, Ron Wesen. “The Board fully supports Unified Command and Public Health in their efforts.”
The testing site is located at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon (2405 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA 98273). The site will be open to provide flu vaccinations for uninsured adults from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 and Sunday, November 15. COVID-19 testing will not be available those days. Vaccines for children will also not be available, but uninsured children can get a free or low cost vaccination at their local pharmacy or through their primary care provider.
If you have questions, or need additional information, call Public Health at 360-416-1500.