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New Drive-Through Flu Shot Program will Keep Kaiser Permanente Members and Employees COVID-Safe

This year, Kaiser Permanente members, physicians and staff will have a new COVID-19-safe way to get their flu shots: Drive-through flu shot clinics. “The goal is to make it as easy as possible to get a flu shot while minimizing the need to visit our facilities,” says pediatrician Randy Bergen, MD, clinical lead for the flu vaccine program for Northern California Kaiser Permanente. “We want to vaccinate as many people as we can and deliver those vaccines as safely as possible, with social distancing being critical. “

Getting a flu shot is more important than ever as we enter flu season with COVID-19 still spreading in the population. “There’s an additional urgency because of the similarity in symptoms between the flu and COVID-19,” says Dr. Bergen. “We want to keep people out of the hospital and we also don’t know how serious the two infections together can be.”

The Drive-Through Flu Shot Program will be offered Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three locations:

Flu clinics will not be held at Antioch-Delta Fair, Livermore, Park Shadelands, Pleasanton, San Ramon, or Walnut Creek.

“We are keeping the drive-through clinics open ten hours a day, six days a week to make it easy and convenient and to avoid delays,” says Sharon Mowat, MD, Physician-In-Chief for the Kaiser Permanente Diablo Service Area. All those in a car can be vaccinated together, including children over the age of six months.

The locations were chosen to best serve members in the three geographic areas of the DSA. Members who usually see their practitioners at Deer Valley and Delta Fair will go to Antioch Medical Center, members from Walnut Creek and Park Shadelands will go to Martinez, and Dublin will serve the southern DSA, including San Ramon, Pleasanton and Livermore. Facilities were also chosen based on layout for their ability to handle flow and volume of vehicles.

The start date for the drive-through clinics at Antioch Medical Center, Dublin and Martinez is set for September 14. Check our website for up to date information at kp.org/flu.

While the hope is to deliver 90 percent of all flu shots via drive-through, if members do not have transportation other arrangements can be made at the drive through sites.

Kaiser Permanente has a strong outreach program via email and text messaging to remind members and employees of the importance of flu vaccines.

“Flu shots are so important to keep our patients healthy and out of the hospital,” says Dr. Bergen. “We are very excited about the changes to this year’s flu shot program which will make the process easy, safe and convenient for all.”

COVID-19 information and visitor policy for Kaiser Permanente in Northern California

As part of our commitment to protect our patients and staff, and to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have implemented the following screening in our facilities:

Masks
In counties under public order, anyone entering our facilities must wear a mask. Masks are recommended for all persons entering our facilities in all other counties. If you arrive without a mask, we’ll provide one.

Temperature Screening
Anyone entering our facilities will encounter temperature checkpoints. If you are found to have an elevated temperature you will be asked additional question with regards to your visit and either escorted to your appointment or asked to contact your care provider. Learn more »

Visitor Restrictions
Access to Kaiser Permanente hospitals, emergency departments, medical offices, and clinics is restricted to patients only, with a few exceptions. Learn more »

Diablo Services & Hours Changes

Have COVID-19 symptoms? Call us at 866-454-8855 for advice. If you need in-person care, we can assist you.

Before you head to our facilities in the Diablo area, be sure to check for the latest temporary changes in services, hours, and closures. Our emergency services remain open 24/7.

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Volunteer as a Patient Advisor and Make a Difference in Patient Care

Since its official launch in November 2017, Kaiser Permanente Antioch’s Patient Advisory Council (PAC) has grown from an idea to a highly active group making a real difference in the lives of members and staff. The PAC meets monthly to share experiences, ideas, and suggestions on how Antioch Medical Center can become the best place to receive care.

“The goal is to improve the overall experience of our members and patients in the future by receiving real-time, real-life feedback from people who are coming to us for their care,” says Ariel Chan, volunteer services manager, who is co-chair of the PAC.

New Dublin Medical Offices and Cancer Center Opening in May: Here’s What You Need to Know

Soon, Dublin city officials will join Kaiser Permanente leaders in cutting the ribbon to mark the opening of the new Kaiser Permanente Dublin Medical Offices and Cancer Center. Then on Monday, May 20, the first patients will walk through the doors to experience all the services the facility will offer the people of the Tri-Valley and beyond.