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Drive-thru flu shots a safe alternative for people in Kelowna

Pandemic restrictions are making it difficult for clinics to deliver seasonal flu shots, Dr. Janet Evans at CGB Medical in Kelowna introduced the innovative solution of a drive-thru immunization clinic.
By: Heather Marie Connors
October 16, 2020
Photo by Twila Amato, Black Press Media

The demand for the seasonal flu shot is high, but pandemic restrictions like physical distancing and the need for separate entry and exit points, are making it difficult for some clinics to deliver.

Dr. Janet Evans, Medical Director and family physician at CGB Medical in Kelowna, came up with the creative solution to offer immunizations at a drive-thru clinic. Patients of the clinic book online, and are screened for COVID-19 symptoms when they arrive. The shot is delivered by a nurse or physician while the patient remains in their vehicle, they are then required to wait 15 minutes before driving away.

The feedback so far has been positive, and the clinic is expecting between 500 and 1000 patients will register for the service.

“They’ve really enjoyed the ability to get it done, and get it done quickly,” Dr. Evans told Kelowna Capital News. “It’s been so positive that I would actually consider in the future doing this pandemic aside as it’s quite efficient for people.”

Source: Kelowna Capital News

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