Operation conducted by Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in October


Staff Report

More than 360 people received free flu vaccines at the drive-thru clinic in Buellton hosted in October by Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital (SYVCH).

Cottage Health staff administered free flu vaccines to those age 12 and over from the safety and comfort of their cars. Participants also received gift bags filled with giveaways and snacks to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month. COVID-19 safety precautions were in place, and attendees were required to wear a mask to receive a vaccine.

“We had an amazing turnout for the second year of the free drive-thru clinic,” said Katie Gorndt, vice president of Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. “We provided free flu vaccinations to people from the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as Santa Maria and Lompoc.”

The clinic was made possible by the generosity of Valley Fresh Market, Valley Tool and Truck Rental, Chumash Employee Resource Center, and Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Hotel, with financial support from the Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation.