By Robert Kimmel–
Those who choose to vote early at Greenburgh Town Hall will be able to get a two-fer: cast their ballots and get flu shots given outdoors. The Town has joined forces with the Greenburgh Health Center, (GHC), to provide the flu shots daily from Monday, October 26 through Friday, October 30 at specific times.
Professional nurses and providers versed in vaccinating will administer the shots to Town residents, based on their age and medical history. They will be working out of a mobile van located in the front parking lot of the Town Hall at 177 Hillside Avenue in White Plains.
Flu shots will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Those times coincide with the voting hours. The GHC, a division of Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, Inc., states that the regular flu shots “…are preservative free, with no mercury and are safe for use in everyone from three years to 64 years of age, including pregnant women.”
While walk-ins are welcome, the GHC says, residents can expedite their time for receiving the flu shots by contacting the GHC by phone at 914-989-7600 or email email@example.com and providing their insurance information. Most insurance policies will be accepted with no co-pay. Those who are uninsured will be charged $30.
Safety precautions guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be enforced. At the immunization area, “well-established physical distancing will take place; all nurses will be wearing masks, gloves and face shields, and patients will be required to wear face masks, as well as answer COVID-19 screening questions,” according to the GHC
“Bring your insurance card, photo card and a completed consent form with you,” advises Town Supervisor Paul Feiner as he stressed the importance of flu shots during the pandemic. “Participate in democracy,” he urged, “and stay healthy so you can participate in our democracy after election day!”