Carondelet Health Network and KOLD-TV are teaming up to host free drive-thru flu shot clinics this weekend at St. Mary's and St. Joseph's hospitals.

Each clinic will be able to immunize up to 1,000 people, said Lisa Contreras, a Carondelet spokeswoman.

"Getting a flu vaccination is one of the best ways to arm yourself against contracting the flu and spreading it to others in our community," Carondelet Chief Medical Officer Donald Denmark said in a news release.

"We know that this flu season has hit the East Coast extremely hard. It usually strikes Arizona hardest this time of year," Denmark said.

The drive-thru clinics will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital, 1601 W. St. Mary's Road; and Sunday at St. Joseph's Hospital, 350 N. Wilmot Road.

For the clinic at St. Mary's Hospital, participants are asked to travel west on St. Mary's Road past North Silverbell Road, and make a left onto Centurion Drive, which is west of the hospital. After they proceed through the drive-thru clinic, motorists will be directed to exit at Anklam and Silverbell roads.

For the clinic at St. Joseph's Hospital, participants are asked to travel east on Broadway past North Wilmot Road and turn left onto Jessica Avenue, which curves west onto Carondelet Drive. After proceeding through the clinic, motorists will exit west at Carondelet Drive and Wilmot Road.


• Anyone 9 years old and older can be vaccinated at the clinics.

• No proof of insurance is needed.

• Those vaccinated will be required to sign a consent form.

• Drive-thru participants will be asked to park for 15 minutes after the vaccination to watch for any allergic reaction.