VA-Walgreens Partnership Gives Vets 8,000 More Locations for Flu Shots
FARGO, N.D. – Flu season is here, and for eligible Veterans, getting a flu shot has never been easier as they can receive free flu shots through a VA-Walgreens partnership.
Eligible Veterans may opt to get a free flu shot at their local VA health care facility or they may choose to go to their neighborhood Walgreens.
Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system have many options to get their flu shot. Their choice of either a VA medical center or clinic or a Walgreens drug store is virtually the same – the record of the flu shots from Walgreens will be included in the Veteran’s VA electronic health record. Veterans don’t have to remember where and when it was done and report it to their doctor.
The information will be seamlessly accessible to VA clinicians. As an enrolled VA patient, receive a no-cost flu shot at Walgreens from August 1, 2015 – March 31, 2016. To learn more call 1-877-771-8537.w.ehealth.va.gov/Immunization.asp.
If Veterans choose a VA health care facility: They can receive a no cost flu shot during any scheduled appointment, if they are admitted to one of our VA health care facilities, or at one of the convenient walk-in flu stations. For more information on locations and hours, Veterans should contact their local VA health care facility.
If Veterans choose a Walgreens* drug store: For those who are a Veteran patient, they may choose to get their flu shot at a local Walgreens. They can walk into any Walgreens to get their flu shot. No appointment is required. Immunization records will be updated electronically in their local VA electronic health record. All Veterans have to do is show their Veterans Identification Card and another form of ID.
Note that no-cost flu shots are available at Walgreens nationwide from August 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016. To get a no-cost flu shot at Walgreens during this time, enrolled Veterans must tell the pharmacist they receive care at a VA health care facility, show their VA ID and Photo ID. Use Group Code # 5933XBAYV.
Note: *Reference to non-VA pharmacies, including Walgreens, does not constitute or imply endorsement of these organizations, their services or products. If your local pharmacy is currently not participating in the VA Retail Immunization Program, they may participate in the future as the program expands. Vaccine is subject to availability. State and health-related restrictions may apply. If you do not have insurance coverage, there may be a charge for a flu shot after March 31, 2016.