DeKalb County hosting free flu shot clinic for area’s homeless

DeKalb County hosting free flu shot clinic for area’s homeless
FILE: All vaccinations will be given by certified nurses and medical personnel wearing masks, gloves and eye protection. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images) (David Greedy/Getty Images)

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — DeKalb County is making sure some of the area’s most vulnerable stay healthy as COVID-19 continues to spread across the country and flu season gets underway in Georgia.

The DeKalb County Department of Community Development is hosting two flu shot clinics for the area’s homeless.

The first vaccination clinic will take place Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at one of DeKalb County’s COVID-19 homeless hotels, the Quality Inn & Suites, located at 5300 Snapfinger Park Dr., Decatur, GA 30035.

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There will be another clinic on Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Decatur Cooperative Ministry, 115 Church St., Decatur, GA 30030 and from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Threshold Ministry, 218 Sycamore St., Decatur, GA 30030.

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“Our homeless population often has a difficult time accessing health care services, which puts them at risk for becoming infected with influenza,” said Commissioner Lorraine Cochran-Johnson. “It is important to provide the necessary services to protect all our citizens, especially in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic.”

All vaccinations will be given by certified nurses and medical personnel wearing masks, gloves and eye protection.

Patients and visitors are required to wear face coverings and to complete a COVID-19 questionnaire and a thermal temperature screen.

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