VHA Office of Community Care
VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program
During flu season, protecting your health with a flu shot is easier than ever — and as close as your local VA or neighborhood Walgreens! VA and Walgreens care about your health and are partnering to offer enrolled Veteran patients easy access to flu shots.
VA and Walgreens are national partners, providing no-cost flu shots to enrolled Veterans of the VA health care system. During the program, which runs from August 1 through March 31, enrolled Veteran patients nationwide have the option of getting their flu shot at any of Walgreens’ 8,000 locations in addition to their local VA health care facilities. No appointment is required; simply go to any Walgreens, tell the pharmacist you receive care at a VA facility and show your Veterans Identification Card and another form of photo ID.
Your immunization record will be updated electronically in your local VA electronic health record. Walgreens has the capability to electronically send vaccination information to the VA electronic health record. The VA-Walgreens national partnership is part of VA’s eHealth Exchange project. This national program ensured that many Veterans got their no-cost flu shot at their local Walgreens, satisfying their wellness reminder because they either found it more convenient or did not have a scheduled appointment at a local VA health care facility.
VA now offers expanded access to preventive health care by giving more options for your annual flu shot. You choose! No-cost flu shots are available at your VA health care facility or neighborhood Walgreens! Your VA medical record will be updated either way.
VA Health Care Facilities
You may receive a no-cost flu shot during any scheduled VA appointment, if you 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 contact your local VA health care facility.
Other Non-VA Providers and Pharmacies
Many local retail pharmacies offer flu shots that may be covered by private insurance or programs such as Medicare. There may be a charge for your flu shot at these locations. If you do not have insurance, there will usually be a charge.
- Frequently Asked Questions about the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program
- To find your closest Walgreens location, go to https://www.walgreens.com/findastore
- To learn more about vaccines, go to http://www.publichealth.va.gov/vaccines.asp
Disclaimer from Walgreens
This wellness benefit is only for Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system. Family members and TRICARE members are not eligible. Veterans enrolled in the VA health care system seeking a flu shot at Walgreens will be required to complete a Walgreens Vaccine Administration Record in order to receive the vaccination. After March 31, 2016, applicable charges to third party insurance may apply. Walgreens accepts most insurance plans, including Medicare.
Vaccine is subject to availability. Age, state and health related restrictions may apply. If your local pharmacy is not participating in the VA Retail Immunization Care Coordination Program, it may participate in the future as the program expands.
Disclaimer of Endorsement
Reference to Walgreens, other non-VA pharmacies, or to any specific commercial products, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer or otherwise, does not constitute or imply VA endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of these companies, their services, or products.