PENITAS — Last Wednesday, Molina Healthcare partnered with CVS to provide flu shots during a drive-thru event at the Penitas Community Food Pantry.
The drive-thru, which was from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., had CVS pharmacy staff administer vaccinations to families who needed them while getting groceries from the pantry. Penitas, Mission, and La Joya community members were among those who attended.
Juan Manuel Rivera, the community engagement specialist at Molina Healthcare, explained how the drive-thru came to be.
“We’re always trying to find ways to help our community members,” said Rivera. “We try to help them in whatever way we can. In this case, it was the flu drive.”
According to Rivera, Molina Healthcare identifies areas where people haven’t received flu shots. The Palmview, Penitas, and Mission areas were among those hotspots.
Rivera said that for those who didn’t have insurance, Molina healthcare helped cover the cost.
Out of the 80 to 100 doses provided, a total of 30 people were vaccinated.
Flu care-kits were provided to those who received the flu shot. The flu care-kits included a face mask, hand sanitizer, a mug, and some tea bags.
“We had a good turnout,” said Rivera, who mentioned that the drive-thru became a success through word of mouth. “They showed up and came back with more folks. I know people were very thankful.”
A COVID-19 vaccine drive is currently in discussion for the future but is not yet definite.