“Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community from disease,” said Karen Sharpnack.

BOISE, Idaho — Idahoans are being offered a free and easy way to protect themselves from fall and winter viruses, all from the comfort of their vehicles.

The Idaho Immunization Coalition is partnering with Idaho State University College of Pharmacy, St. Luke’s, and the Mexican Consulate in Boise to offer a Drive-Thru Influenza and COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Clinic on Saturday, 22 october.

“Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community from disease,” said Karen Sharpnack, executive director of the Idaho Immunization Coalition.

The drive-thru will be hosted in the Boise Mexico Consulate parking lot and is open to anyone in need of a vaccination or booster. Vaccines are available free of charge, regardless of income or insurance status; insurance will be charged where applicable. Spanish-speaking medical experts will be on hand to assist you if needed.

ISU pharmacy students will work with bilingual medical experts to distribute vaccines, answer questions about vaccinations, and ensure everyone has a safe experience, without having to leave their vehicle.

“We are proud to partner with these exemplary organizations to provide families with a free option to get their flu shot or get their COVID-19 shot in a safe environment. And even more exciting, we will have bilingual professionals and trained ready to help. Anyone living near or far is welcome!” said Sharpnack.

Anyone over the age of 12 is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or booster. Anyone between the ages of 2 and 64 can get the flu shot, and people 65 or older can get the high-dose flu shot.

Those interested in getting vaccinated are asked to wear short-sleeved or loose-fitting shirts and bring their vaccination records.

“We are proud to be part of an endeavor of this magnitude to immunize in the state of Idaho. Not only will so many people receive a flu or COVID vaccine, which will help slow the spread of the disease in this particularly critical year, but students are also provided with the hands-on opportunities they need to become caring and competent pharmacists,” said Walter Fitzgerald, dean of the College of Pharmacy at Idaho State University.

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