COVID Long Island News: Mobile vaccination van offers coronavirus booster, flu shots to Nassau County residents

OCEANSIDE, Long Island (WABC) — A mobile immunization truck on Long Island is now offering people both the COVID booster shot and a flu shot.

Rolling up your sleeve to get a double dab was the goal at Elmont Senior Center.

“I got my COVID in this arm in my left arm and the flu in my right arm,” Deirdre Evans-Williams said.

The Vaxmobil, launched 18 months ago at the height of the pandemic, was launched to provide free COVID vaccines to underserved areas on Long Island.

“The Vaxmobile behind me has delivered more than 13,000 COVID shots to people who would otherwise likely have difficulties and challenges getting to a pharmacy, another local facility that can give the vaccine,” said Dr. Adhi Sharma, President of Mount Sinai South Nassau.

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The Vaxmobile, funded by the City of Hempstead’s Federal Cares Act and operated by Mount Sinai South Nassau, is now adding the flu shot.

“It’s important. You shouldn’t be afraid of getting a flu shot,” said Don Clavin, Hempstead City Supervisor.

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In the coming weeks, the mobile medical unit will be visiting senior centers in Franklin Square, Valley Stream, Levitown, Merrick, Uniondale and Bellmore.

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“I don’t want to get sick, and because my husband is immunocompromised, he doesn’t have to be sick because I’m sick,” Evans-Williams said.

Evans-Williams and her husband Selwyn just took theirs.

“Recently I had a heart transplant after I had a transplant and I had no immune system at all,” Selwyn Williams said. “And if I hadn’t gotten the vaccines, I could get sick from anything and everything, and I’d be dead.”

The flu shots offered are the quadrivalent shots, which are most common, as well as the high dose for seniors who are at higher risk of flu complications.

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According to Mount Sinai South Nassau, there are nearly 30,000 to 50,000 deaths from the flu each year.

“I encourage everyone to come out, roll up their sleeves, get vaccinated and protect yourself, your family and your neighbors,” Sharma said.

Mount Sinai South Nassau president says the goal is to avoid ending up in the emergency room.

A full list of dates and locations for the Vax-Mobile can be found on the City of Hempstead website.

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