Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE), in collaboration with the Central District Health Department (CDHD) and Nebraska YMCAs, helped provide Nebraskans access to free flu vaccinations, regardless of health insurance coverage.
In collaboration with Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) and Heartland Health Center (HHC), CDHD offered no-cost flu vaccinations October to approximately 10,000 students in preschool through 12th grade. BCBSNE helped cover the cost of the wages for the nurses who administered the vaccines.
“Supporting Nebraska communities has always been a top priority for BCBSNE,” said Kathy Nellor, BCBSNE health transformation leader. “Making flu vaccines convenient, accessible and free underscores our commitment to keeping Nebraskans safe and healthy this winter.”
CDHD hosted the clinics over a three-week period at GIPS elementary, middle and high school buildings and early childhood centers.
BCBSNE and 15 YMCAs across the state partnered to host flu vaccination clinics during the first two weeks of October – open to anyone ages 6 and up, at no cost to them. Hy-Vee Healthy You mobile clinic pharmacists administered nearly 400 flu shots at these clinics.
“Working together, BCBSNE and YMCAs across our state provided Nebraskans the necessary protection from the flu this season,” said Tera Thomas, vice president of advancement for YMCA of Greater Omaha. “On top of that, offering flu vaccinations at no cost, regardless of insurance status, alleviates financial barriers to taking steps to prevent the spread of illness. I’m proud to support Nebraskans and the health of our community.”
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