Health Dept. Plans Flu Clinic This Saturday

Town Manager Austin Faison and Public Health Director Meredith Hurley are pleased to announce the Winthrop Public Health Department will be hosting the 2020 flu clinic this weekend on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at E.B. Newton School, 45 Pauline St., rear parking lot off of School Street (drive-thru) and the Fremont Street Circle across from the Winthrop Fire Station, 40 Pauline St. (walk up).

The flu clinic is the first in a series that will be held through November/early December, and is open to all residents age 2 and older. A high-dose vaccine for those age 65 and older will not be available at this clinic, but is expected to be available for future clinics starting in mid-October.

“We are encouraging all residents to get a flu shot this year to help protect the entire community this winter,” Hurley said. “Preventive steps like this against communicable diseases such as the flu will be vital as we continue to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic, and will help to reduce any strain on our country’s healthcare system during this challenging time.”

Children under the age of 18 must receive their vaccine through the walk-up clinic. Those planning to receive the vaccine through the drive-thru clinic are encouraged to set up an appointment ahead of time. Please call the Town of Winthrop Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 617-539-5848 to set up an appointment.

Residents should complete an insurance and consent form ahead of time, and bring a copy of all insurance cards. Separate forms are required for adults ages 19 and older, linked here, and children age 3 through 18, linked here.

Residents are also asked to wear a short-sleeved shirt and to remember that a face mask or covering will be required. A screening for COVID-19 symptoms will be conducted prior to the vaccination as well.

Please contact the Town of Winthrop Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at 617-539-5848 with any questions.

Any homebound seniors in need of a flu shot can contact the Senior Center at [email protected]rop.ma.us or 617-846-8538 to make arrangements.

The next clinic is expected to be held during the second week of October, and the exact day and time will be announced once that information is finalized.

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