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Kroger Columbus Expands Flu Shot Program to Help Combat the Challenges of COVID-19

September 18th, 2020

To provide greater access to flu vaccines, Kroger Columbus implements  new digital tools and drive-thru Flu Shot Center at the Ohio State  Fairgrounds and Expo Center on Saturday, September 19th 

Westerville, Ohio, September 9, 2020 – Kroger Columbus supported by Kroger Health,  the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., today announced a comprehensive flu shot  program, designed to help local customers get their recommended vaccines amidst the  COVID-19 pandemic. The program includes touchless in-store appointments and drive thru vaccinations center at the Ohio State Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Columbus on  Saturday, September 19th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All flu shot appointments can be  booked online (search zip code 43211 to schedule for the drive-thru flu shot center).

“With so many health facilities already overburdened due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it  is more important than ever for all Americans to get a flu shot,” said Steve Burson,  Columbus division Health and Wellness Merchandiser. “At our COVID-19 drive-thru test  sites, we were able to assist thousands of people in getting a test in a short amount of  time. By using that model to provide flu shots, we hope to provide more customers with  a safe, convenient option to get vaccinated.”

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that during an average  flu season, 8% of the U.S. population gets sick from the flu, with an average of 500,000  flu-related hospitalizations. Since March, more than 370,000 Americans have already  been hospitalized as a result of COVID-19, marking the potential for a significant burden  on the already taxed healthcare system. In addition, according to symptom lists  published by the CDC and the World Health Organization (WHO), symptoms of COVID 19 and the flu are similar, which may create the potential for confusion, anxiety, and  loss of productivity as schools and businesses work through their COVID-19 plans and  protocols.

“It will be very difficult for people to determine the difference between flu symptoms and  COVID-19,” continued Burson. “That’s why it’s so important for Americans to get a flu  shot this year. It not only has been proven to help protect against the flu but may also  help reduce misidentification as COVID-19.”

To receive a flu shot, customers and associates can make an appointment online. They  can also complete their pre-visit paperwork online to reduce contact and promote  physical distancing, and many insurance companies cover the flu shot with no co-pay.


Kroger Health is also helping employers address both COVID-19 and the flu via its  COVIDCare Plus program, which includes an FDA-authorized COVID-19 Test Home  Collection Kit and additional services such as vaccine clinics, telehealth, and screening  programs for personalized health management. Learn more at

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About Kroger Health: 

Kroger Health, the healthcare division of The Kroger Co., is one of America’s leading  retail healthcare organizations, with over 2,200 pharmacies and 220 clinics (called The  Little Clinic) in 35 states serving more than 14 million customers. Our team of 22,000  healthcare practitioners – from pharmacists and nurse practitioners, to dietitians and  technicians – are committed to helping people live healthier lives. We believe in  practicing at the top of our licenses and enabling “food as medicine” to help prevent and  manage chronic disease. We are dedicated to providing testing and wellness services  to help Americans combat the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more at


Amy McCormick, Corporate Affairs Manager, 614-898-3256