Primary Care

Riverside Medical Group Provides Over 2,500 Free Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

November 18, 2021
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Thanks to a series of free vaccine clinics held throughout the communities it serves, Riverside Health System is pleased to announce it has administered 1,479 flu shots and 1,366 COVID-19 shots during this effort.

As a part of its mission to support the community and keep people as healthy as possible, over the past two months, Riverside Medical Group hosted 11 drive-thru and walk-up free flu and COVID-19 vaccination clinics throughout the Virginia Peninsula, Middle Peninsula, greater Williamsburg and the Eastern Shore.

“For the last six years, team members at Riverside Medical Group have hosted community flu vaccine clinics to make the vaccine available to those who may not have easy access to it,” says Sally Ryan, Chief Operating Officer for Riverside Medical Group. “This year, in addition to the flu vaccine, our teams offered COVID-19 vaccines, from first dose to boosters — and just as the pediatric vaccine became available, we offered pediatric vaccines at the final drive-thru clinic.”

Over 200 team members from across Riverside were involved in coordinating and managing each of the clinics, which were open to patients while supplies lasted.

“I am so grateful for the time and effort that our team members gave to support these vaccination events,” says Kelly Cooper, Senior Director for Primary Care Services and Access Operations. “Our team members supported these events to ensure those in our communities would be able to receive vaccinations to better protect them from the flu and COVID-19.”

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, the unknowns of the season underscore the importance to get vaccinated. Everyday preventive measures to avoid spreading the virus include staying away from those who are sick, washing your hands frequently and staying home from work when sick.

Riverside encourages everyone who is eligible to receive both the flu and COVID-19 vaccinations. For more information on the vaccines, visit riversideonline.com.