Vaccines will be available at Chattanooga’s Mt. Canaan Baptist, Cathedral of Praise in Cordova from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. —BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will partner with two local churches to offer drive-through flu shot clinics in Chattanooga and Memphis on Sept. 26.
This year’s clinic is especially focused on helping prevent the circulation of flu during the pandemic. Both flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will likely be spreading in the fall and winter, according to the Centers for Disease Control, making it more important than ever for people to get a flu vaccine.
Walgreens Pharmacy representatives will administer flu vaccines to those ages 8 and older from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the church parking lot. BlueCross members or others with health insurance must bring their insurance card to receive the flu vaccine as part of their coverage. Vaccines are available for $41 for those without insurance, and a limited number of free vaccines will be made available to uninsured attendees through a grant from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Foundation.
WHO: BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
WHAT: Drive-Through Flu Shot Clinic
- Chattanooga – Mt. Canaan Baptist Church parking lot, 4801 Highway 58, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37416
- Memphis – Cathedral of Praise, 8200 Macon Rd. Cordova, Tenn. 38018
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (all times local)
WHY: To reduce the incidence of flu
“The flu shot is a safe, proven way to lower the chances you’ll get sick – and it’s more important than ever this year,” said Dr. Andrea D. Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross. “We hope all our members, and all Tennesseans, will get vaccinated to protect themselves and their neighbors who may be more at-risk for complications from the flu.”
The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to reach its maximum effectiveness, so BlueCross urges members to get vaccinated before peak flu season begins.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is a taxpaying, not-for-profit health plan serving more than 3.5 million members in Tennessee and around the country. The Chattanooga-based company was founded in 1945 and is celebrating its 75th anniversary of bringing peace of mind to its members and local communities. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company’s news center at bcbstnews.com.