Thursday, October 8, 2020
Phil Yacuboski, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
The Baltimore County Health Department is planning a drive-thru flu shot clinic to limit compounding the stress placed on hospitals by the coronavirus with complications of the seasonal flu.
The free flu shot clinic is set for next weekend at the Maryland State Fairgrounds’ Cow Palace. For Dr. Gregory Branch, the county health officer, this year’s clinic is personal. He got the coronavirus in July and said he doesn’t want to get sick again.
“I, fortunately, did not have major symptoms as it relates to that,” Branch said. “I am blessed. I am doing excellent. I’m feeling good. I don’t have any post symptoms because of the COVID.”
The clinic will be held Oct. 17 and 18. The county has 3,000 doses to give away and officials do not expect to run out.
“We need to do everything we can to slow the spread of both COVID and the flu,” County Executive John Olszewski Jr. said. “Getting your flu shot is without a doubt, the best way to prevent getting sick.”
Appointments are required. Residents can sign up online. Those who go to get their flu shot are asked to wear short sleeves to make it easier to get the shot.