SELINSGROVE — Frank Hummel wasn't thinking of getting a flu shot this year until Geisinger held its first community drive-thru clinic at the Susquehanna Valley Mall on Wednesday.
"It's very easy," the Sunbury resident said as he drove up to the clinic and spent about five minutes waiting in a short line of vehicles, answering basic questions and having his temperature taken before a nurse administered the vaccine as Hummel sat in his car.
"I got the flu shot last year at CVS," he said. When asked if he planned to visit a pharmacy or indoor clinic for a vaccine this year, Hummel said, "Probably not."
Geisinger officials had no expectations for its first drive-thru clinic, co-sponsored by the Family Practice Center, Greater Susquehanna Valley United Way, state Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver and the mall, spokesman Marc Stempka said.
"It's proven very popular," he said of the free event that drew 237 people over the age of 18. "If folks are hesitant to go into a public setting (during the COVID-19 pandemic) this makes it easier for people to get their flu shots."
Chris Burgess, of Sunbury, gets a flu shot every year and hopes Geisinger continues to hold drive-thru clinics to make it easier for people to get vaccinated.
"I think it's always important. I'm a believer," he said.
Emily Dale, a wellness specialist at Geisinger, drove up for her flu shot.
"I love this set-up. It's very innovative," she said.
Another public drive-thru flu shot clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4 at Geisinger Hughes Center North in Danville.
For a full list of flu shot locations and tips on staying flu-free this season, visit geisinger.org/flunews.