Windward Community Drive-Thru Flu Shot Clinic
Download your hard copy flu vaccination consent and pre-screening forms by clicking here.
Why are you doing this drive-thru flu shot clinic?
We are doing this flu shot clinic to help our community stay healthy and safe, especially since COVID-19 is still a part of our community. The flu shot is also available at your doctor’s office or at participating pharmacies, however, if you do not feel comfortable going into those locations, this drive-thru flu shot clinic provides you with a safe and easy alternative.
It's likely that the flu virus and COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Getting your flu shot is an easy and safe way to take some of the burden off our hospitals and medical personnel.
While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as: 1) flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death, and 2) getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19 or other emergency health needs.
Who is administering the flu shots?
Times Pharmacy is partnering with us to provide the flu vaccines to our community. All flu vaccinations will be administered by a pharmacist from Times Pharmacy.
When and where is the drive-thru flu shot clinic?
The drive-thru flu shot clinic will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 9 am – 12 noon at Windward Community College. It will be held in the lower right parking lot, near Hale Aʻo (which is the Hawaiian Studies building).
Windward Community College’s address is: 45-720 Keaʻahala Road, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744
Is there a cost for a flu shot? What types of insurance are accepted?
Times Pharmacy contracts with all major insurance providers (HMA, HMAA, HMSA, Kaiser, UHA, TRICARE, PSWA, Hawaii Laborers Union, Medicare and Quest). Most insurance providers cover the cost of the flu vaccine completely with $0 copay, but there are some cases where the vaccine wouldn't be covered 100%. Union insurance policies have a small copay of the total cost of the flu vaccine.
Times will invoice the clinic participant if they do have a copay. If the clinic participant's insurance does not cover the flu vaccine, the cash price for the regular vaccine is $55 and $75 for the kupuna high dose shot.
Can children get flu shots at this clinic?
Parents who have children are encouraged to bring their children, 3 years of age and older, to this drive-thru flu shot event, especially since flu shot clinics at public schools are discontinued this year.
Do I need to get out of my car to receive the flu shot?
You do not need to get out of your car to receive your flu vaccine. Our clinic pharmacists can administer the flu shot while you are seated in your car through your open window. However, if you are more comfortable getting out of your car, we will have chairs located at each flu shot station where you can receive your flu vaccine.
If I don’t have a car, can I walk up to get my flu shot?
For individuals who do not have a vehicle, walk-up flu shots will also be available in the Hale A‘o parking lot.
I’ve heard about the high dose flu vaccine.* What is it and do you offer it?
The high dose flu vaccine is made up of strains most likely to cause the flu during this flu season. It contains four times as much virus antigen, which is the part of the vaccine that stimulates the immune system, than a regular flu vaccine, and is meant to give a better immune response against the flu to kūpuna over the age of 65 (who are at higher risk).
As individuals get older, our immune systems have a harder time fighting off infections. The higher amount of antigen in the high dose flu vaccine helps our kūpuna’s immune system better recognize and react to the vaccine. The high dose flu vaccine provides better protection against hospitalization from the flu than the regular dose.
We will be offering the high-dose flu vaccine at this drive-thru flu shot clinic.
Are there any forms I need to fill out to get my flu vaccine at this clinic?
There is no registration to get your flu vaccine at this clinic. All flu vaccines will be given on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, if you would like to speed up the process to receive your flu vaccine, we encourage you to download and print the flu vaccination consent and pre-screening forms by clicking here. By completing the forms at home, you will help to make your visit quicker.
However, if you do not have access to a printer or forget to complete the form ahead of time, we will have forms available for you on the day of the clinic.
Is there any additional information I should know about?
Please bring your photo ID and insurance cards for yourself and your children.
You are also encouraged to wear a mask during your visit to the flu shot clinic.
If I have additional questions, who can I speak to?
Please call our office (Rep. Lisa Kitagawa) at 808-586-8540 or email us at [email protected].
Thank you to our community partners (Times Pharmacy, Windward Community College, and various community organizations/volunteers) for their support in making this event possible.