Drive-thru the flu: Sanford Health offers mobile flu shots

If you wear a mask & roll up your sleeves, there's no need to leave the car

It’s more important than ever to get your flu shot, and Sanford Health is making it easier than ever.

That’s according to Becky Roemen, a physician assistant who provides family care at Sanford Health in Rock Rapids, Iowa.

Sanford is offering drive-thru flu shots in many locations. Roemen says patients won’t even have to get out of the car, and the entire process can take as little as five minutes.

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“You can stay right in your car, your kids can stay in the car, we’ll pull up a sleeve and administer that flu shot. You can drive right out afterwards. There’s no need to leave the car,” she said.

Providing safe care

Sanford Health has taken safety precautions to continue providing quality care throughout the pandemic. Roemen says the drive-thru setting is no different.

Roeman has always encouraged patients to receive a flu shot, and even more so this year. She says the drive-thru flu shots are popping up in Sanford communities all over, including many rural areas.

This highlights Sanford’s continued commitment to offering quality health care, no matter the setting, says Roemen.

“We want to do everything we can do to keep everyone as healthy as possible. I really think Sanford’s doing a good job of trying to make that as accessible as possible,” said Roemen.

Short sleeves, mask up

Roemen asks that patients wear short sleeves and masks during the flu shot.

“We want everyone in the car to be wearing a mask. We go with those CDC guidelines. Everyone needs to have a mask that covers both their nose and mouth.

“We want to keep our staff healthy that are leaning into the car to give you your vaccine, and we’re going to do the same for you. Staff will be wearing masks appropriately throughout the whole time that you’re going through the drive-thru.”

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