San Joaquin Public Health Services (PHS) held a free “drive-through” influenza (flu) shot clinic on October 22, 2008 at the San Joaquin Fairgrounds. While PHS has held seasonal flu clinics for years, this was their first “outdoor clinic”. The drive through clinic also served as a “mass dispensing” exercise for PHS, testing its ability to rapidly administer vaccines or medications in the event of a flu pandemic or other widespread emergency.
The clinic setup consisted of well-marked traffic lanes running through the Fairgrounds parking lot. Over one hundred vehicles were lined up and waiting before the clinic opened at 10AM. Each vehicle was directed to one of five lanes. The next stop was the screening station, where nurses asked questions to determine if people were medically cleared to receive the flu shot. Each vehicle then drove forward to the shot station. Here nurses instructed people getting a flu shot to roll down their windows and roll up their sleeves. Tents provided protection over the screening areas and flu shot areas in case of rain. Multilingual staff were on site, and provided interpretation services for a total of seven different languages.
Nearly 1,300 adults were vaccinated in all that day, most of them during the first two hours of the clinic. The public was response was very positive. People appreciated getting free flu shots, as well as the convenience of not having to get out of their vehicles. More than 100 staff and volunteers worked together to make the drive-through clinic a resounding success. The following partner agencies provided staff and volunteers: County Office of Education; Lodi, Manteca, and Stockton Unified School Districts; San Joaquin General Hospital, County Office of Emergency Services, County Behavioral Health Services, County Environmental Health Services, County Emergency Medical Services Agency, City of Ripon Police Department, City of Ripon VIP Volunteers City of Stockton Fire Department, City of Stockton Police Department. PHS also partnered with St. Joseph’s Parish Nurses, who provided free flu shots at the nearby CUFF Family Resource Center for people who showed up on foot or on bicycle.
City of Stockton Fire Department
City of Stockton Police Department
San Joaquin County Office of Education
City of Ripon Police Department
City of Ripon VIP Volunteers
County Office of Emergency Services
County Emergency Medical Services Agency
County Behavioral Health Services
County Environmental Health Services
Dr. Wendi J. Dick, Assistant Health Officer
Total number of staff and volunteers: 124
Operational Period: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Drive Thru Clinic Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (gates closed at 1:30 p.m.)
Total number of flu shots administered: 1,270
Total number of vehicles: 600
Total number of traffic lanes: 5
Throughput: Ranged from 5 minutes to 35 minutes.
Safety: No accidents or injuries
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