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Flu and COVID vaccinations

Flu season is here and the influenza vaccine can reduce your risk of associated illness and hospitalization, as well as minimize the spread of flu to vulnerable Veterans and loved ones, who may be at high risk for severe illness from the flu and other respiratory infections.

The VA Boston Healthcare System is offering the following options for eligible Veterans to get their flu shot...

Walk-In Flu Vaccination Clinics offer both regular flu vaccine and the high-dose version -- the high-dose flu vaccine is recommended for all adults 65 and older – as well as the new COVID booster shot, all of which are available according to the following schedule* as of Feb. 6, 2024:

Walk-in flu shot clinics list

Brockton Campus

  • Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Building 3, 3rd Floor, Primary Care, Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic
  • Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Building 3, 1st Floor, Outpatient Pharmacy, Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

Jamaica Plain Campus

  • Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Main Building, 2nd Floor, Primary Care Conference Room F2-04, Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic
  • Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 1st Floor, D-Wing, Outpatient Pharmacy, Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

West Roxbury Campus

  • Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Building 1, Primary Care, Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic
  • Monday - Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Building 3, Ground Floor, Outpatient Pharmacy, Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

Causeway VA Clinic

  • Available with scheduled Primary Care appointments

Framingham VA Clinic

  • Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

Lowell VA Clinic

  • Tuesday - Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

Plymouth VA Clinic

  • Wednesday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

Quincy VA Clinic

  • Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., Walk-In Flu Shot Clinic

* Vaccine clinics are closed during all federal holidays.

You can always make an appointment with your Primary Care team for a flu shot, and flu vaccinations are also available during any scheduled Primary Care appointment -- just ask your provider. Please bring a VA health care ID and wear a loose-fitting or short-sleeve shirt.

Eligible Veterans can receive a no-cost seasonal flu shot at one of nearly 70,000 VA Community Care Network (CCN) in-network retail pharmacies and urgent care locations across the country, as well. You are eligible for a no-cost flu shot at an in-network retail pharmacy or urgent care location if:

  • You are enrolled in the VA health care system, AND
  • You received care from a VA provider or an in-network community care provider within the past 24 months.

Not sure if you’re eligible? Call 800-MyVA411 800-698-2411). Press 1 for urgent care information, then press 3 for urgent care information, then press 1 again to check urgent care eligibility. The system will automatically verify your eligibility for the community urgent care benefit, which includes the flu vaccination.

Find your nearest in-network community location at https://www.va.gov/find-locations:

  1. Enter the city, state, or postal ZIP code for your location
  2. Choose “Community pharmacies (in VA’s network)” from the Facility type drop-down menu
  3. Click search
  4. Choose a provider

No appointment or VA referral is required, just:

  1. Bring this billing information card, or pull it up on your phone – we are in Region 1.
  2. Tell the provider you’re a Veteran enrolled in VA health care and you want to receive a flu shot paid for by VA.
  3. Present a valid government-issued identification, such as a Veteran Health ID Card, Department of Defense ID card, or a state-issued driver's license or ID card.