Free Flu Shots, COVID Tests Saturday at Library
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - Mercy Health - Lourdes Hospital is partnering with the Purchase District Health Department and the McCracken County Public Library to host its fourth annual free flu shot clinic Saturday from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the library at 555 Washington Street.

Free COVID-19 testing will also be available for those who are interested.

Health officials say a flu shot is more important than ever this year during the pandemic, which is also why this year's event will include a drive-thru and a socially-distant option.

The flu vaccinations are free to those without insurance and will be provided by a Mercy Health nurse. The vaccinations are covered by most insurance and Medicaid so those who are insured are asked to bring their proof of insurance. Flu shots are available to anyone six months of age or older. Minors will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive immunizations. No pre-registration is required, and vaccines will be administered on a first-come, first-serve basis while supplies last.

The Purchase District Health Department’s free COVID-19 testing during the event is available for those who wish to participate. Participants do not have to have COVID symptoms or a physician order to be tested. The goal is to identify people who may be asymptomatic. No insurance is required and individuals will be notified of test results via phone call or text within a few days of the event. Those wishing to receive a COVID test can reserve a spot by signing up online at, though pre-registration is not required.

Both the flu vaccines and COVID testing are available via a drive-thru option. For those utilizing this option, participants can park and stay in their own cars. For those attending without a car, a tent outside with physically-distanced chairs will be available. Social distancing, masking, and sanitizing will be enforced during the event, per COVID-19 guidelines.

Published 08:51 AM, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020
Updated 08:59 AM, Thursday Oct. 22, 2020



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