Friday, October 23, 2020

MCS Classicare offers drive-thru flu vaccinations

By on September 23, 2020

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SAN JUAN — Medical Card System Inc. (MCS) announced its influenza education and vaccination campaign across Puerto Rico.

Its clinics are available, drive-through, for adults over 65 years of age and to members of MCS Classicare. Some of the towns that will be visited include Caguas, Aguadilla, Guayama, Ponce, Bayamón, Canóvanas, San Juan, Hatillo, Mayagüez and Carolina. 

“At times like the ones we are living in, it becomes more urgent to protect our older adults. We want everyone to be safe. The influenza virus can lead to hospitalization and cause serious health complications in older adults, who constitute one of the most vulnerable populations for this and other respiratory diseases. However, through vaccination, we can protect them,” said Anabelle Carrión, assistant vice president of Health Promotion and Wellbeing at MCS.

Carrión said that adults over 60, as well as people with chronic conditions such as diabetes, asthma and heart disease, should be vaccinated. 

“Getting vaccinated this influenza season will be more important than ever, not only to reduce the risk of infection and its complications, but also to preserve the available medical care resources, which are so necessary to continue attending the pandemic situation that we face because of COVID-19,” Carrión said.

People at the the vaccination clinics must present their health insurer’s card and a photo ID. At each event, MCS Classicare staff will educate participants as part of its campaign against influenza. Vaccinations will be administered from 8 a.m. at 1 p.m. Patients may visit the nearest clinic and will not have to get out of their vehicle to get vaccinated.

Drive-through vaccination clinics will take place:

  • Wednesday, September 23 – Guayama Céntrico
  • Thursday, September 24 – Las Catalinas Mall in Caguas
  • Monday, September 28 – Francisco “Pancho” Deida Méndez Coliseum in Hatillo
  • Tuesday, September 29 – Plaza del Caribe in Ponce
  • Wednesday, September 30 – Plaza Carolina in Carolina 
  • Thursday, October 1 – Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón
  • Friday, October 2 – Plaza las Américas in San Juan
  • Tuesday, October 6 – Jaime Rivera Hanse Track Field in Canóvanas
  • Friday, October 9, and Saturday, October 10 – Mayagüez Mall in Mayagüez 

The influenza vaccine is covered 100% as part of the health services offered by MCS Classicare products, and members do not need a medical order.

For more information, visit www.mcsclassicare.com or call 787-620-2530 (metro area) or 1-866-627-8183 (free of charge). The hearing impaired (TTY) can call 1-866-627-8182.

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