Alexandria Health Department to Host Free Drive-Through and Walk-Up Flu Shot Clinics on September 26 and October 3

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Alexandria Health Department to Host Free Drive-Through and Walk-Up Flu Shot Clinics on September 26 and October 3

For Immediate Release: September 1, 2020

The Alexandria Health Department (AHD) will host two free flu shot clinics this fall with support from the City of Alexandria. A drive-through only clinic will be held on September 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at T.C. Williams High School (3330 King St.). This clinic will be open to adults and adolescents age 12 and over, with a maximum of four people per vehicle. A walk-up only clinic will be held on October 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Francis C. Hammond Middle School (4646 Seminary Road). Parking will be available. The walk-up location on October 3 will be open to adults and children ages 6 months and older. Flu shots are available at no cost, and proof of residency or insurance are not required. 

AHD encourages everyone to get a flu vaccine, particularly because the flu shares many symptoms with COVID-19. Fewer cases of flu-related illness reduces time lost from school and work, preventable hospitalizations, and strain on Alexandria’s health care providers already busy treating COVID-19 patients. AHD recommends an annual flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older. Flu vaccines are also currently available at many local pharmacies and those with health insurance are likely to qualify for a free flu shot. 

The flu shot clinics also help protect the community by enabling AHD staff and Medical Reserve Corps volunteers to vaccinate many people in a field setting, which will be necessary when a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available.

Participants must wear a mask over their nose and mouth at all times and maintain 6 feet of physical distance from others, except when necessary for flu shot clinic operations. Please do not attend if you are feeling sick, even with mild symptoms. Everyone is encouraged to bring a pen to complete forms and minimize shared materials. 

For more information about the flu and flu vaccine, visit the CDC Frequently Asked Questions page. Visit alexandriava.gov/Health to learn more about free flu shot clinics.

For inquiries from the news media only, contact Natalie Talis, Population Health Manager, at natalie.talis@vdh.virginia.gov or 703.746.4914.

For reasonable disability accommodation, contact jasmin.johnson@vdh.virginia.gov or call 703.746.4952, Virginia Relay 711.

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This news release is available at alexandriava.gov/117523.

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