What are the benefits of flu vaccination?

Prevent Flu This Fall and Winter

It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Healthcare systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.

While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:

  1. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
  2. Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
There is still time to get your flu shot - Galion Inquirer

2020 Flu Immunization Clinics

Appointment Required – Social distancing guidelines will be followed

Please make your appointment here!

Fill out your insurance coverage information on the Walgreens App prior to your appointment or complete the attached form and bring it with you!

As a convenience to university faculty and staff working on campus, VCU HR has arranged for Walgreens, a participating pharmacy with the COVA health plans, to conduct four flu immunization clinics on campus during September and October.  To comply with CDC guidelines, social distancing requirements, and the One VCU: Responsible Together guidelines, the following procedures apply to the flu immunization clinics:

  • The clinics are available only to faculty and staff working on campus.  Faculty and staff who telework off campus should remain off campus and may obtain a flu immunization from an off-campus pharmacy or provider
  • Appointments are required using the Walgreens scheduler.  No walk-ins will be accepted. Employees who do have an appointment must wear a mask, maintain social distancing, bring their health plan ID card and photo ID to the clinic at their appointed time.
  • Only university faculty and staff may schedule appointments for the on-campus clinics. Family members should not be brought to campus.
  • Employees with any symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not attend the clinics.

As a reminder, flu immunizations are covered by the COVA health plans with no out-of-pocket cost when obtained from a participating provider. For a full list of participating pharmacies and more information see: www.dhrm.virginia.gov


MCV Campus

Wednesday, September 30th
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Robert Blackwell Smith Building 410 N. 12th Street, Room 129

Monday, October 26th
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Robert Blackwell Smith Building 410 N. 12th Street, Room 129

Monroe Park Campus

Tuesday, September 22nd
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HR Training Room
922 W. Grace Street, Room 115

Thursday, October 22nd
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HR Training Room
922 W. Grace Street, Room 115


Please bring your COVA health plan member ID card to the on-campus clinics.

Unable to make one of the on-campus clinics?

Most pharmacies offer the flu vaccination. To receive the flu shot at no cost, call a convenient local retail pharmacy to verify that they offer onsite immunizations and that they participate in your health plan’s pharmacy network or see the list of participating pharmacies at: www.dhrm.virginia.gov

Special Note for COVA HealthAware participants

If you intend to use your flu shot to obtain “Do Right” credit in your Aetna Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), be sure to obtain written confirmation of your flu shot from the participating pharmacy.

On-campus events coordinated by VCU Human Resources. Immunizations provided by Walgreens.

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