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No-cost flu shots available for enrolled Veterans

Free flu shots are available at all VA Northern California Health Care System locations. Flu shots can prevent or reduce flu symptoms.

Vaccine

Why should I get a flu shot?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important for all of us to do our part to help reduce the spread of the flu in our communities. A flu shot is a safe way to help protect yourself and those around you from getting sick and having complications from flu. You should get an updated flu shot every year. The flu shot neither prevents nor causes COVID-19. As a reminder, the flu shot cannot cause a flu-illness, and the vaccine we use does not contain any live virus. Visit the VHA Public Health website for more information.

Routine vaccination prevents illnesses that lead to unnecessary medical visits and hospitalizations.

If you have already received the COVID-19 and/or flu vaccine  outside of the VA, provide your nurse with the documentation (date/location), so your records will be updated.

Where can enrolled Veterans get a no-cost flu shot from VA Northern California Health Care System?

During scheduled appointments

Enrolled Veterans can request a flu shot during most scheduled appointments. Ask the provider or clerk about flu shots when scheduling an appointment.

For added convenience, you can also request the vaccine during an upcoming primary care appointment. Please make sure to bring your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to your appointment! This is particularly important if your initial series was given outside of VA.

  • To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment. The call center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., excluding federal holidays, Monday through Friday.
  • Veterans enrolled in VA health care can also request an appointment by sending a Secure Message to “COVID VACCINE SCHEDULING – NCHCS” in My HealtheVet.

During walk-in flu clinics

Sacramento VA Medical Center

  • Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Martinez VA Outpatient Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. -  4 p.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Auburn (Sierra Foothills) VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 10 - 11 p.m., 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Chico VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Drive up/walk-in

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Fairfield VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 9 - 11 a.m., 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Mare Island VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 9 - 11 a.m., 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

McClellan VA Clinic

  • Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Redding VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Stockton VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Yuba VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday, 8 - 9 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

Yreka VA Clinic

  • Monday to Friday 1 - 3:30 p.m. PT
  • Appointments available

Call 1-800-382-8387, press 2 and then option 3, or stay on the line to schedule an appointment.

VA’s Community Care Network

Eligible Veterans can now receive their seasonal flu shots at more than 70,000 Community Care Network (CCN) retail pharmacies and urgent care locations.  

Click here for more information on VA's Community Care Network

What if I received a flu shot outside the VA health care system?

If you received this year's flu vaccine outside the VA health care system, please help us keep your medical records up to date by sending a Secure Message to your care team. 

Where can Veterans and their families get more information about the flu vaccine?

For more information about flu vaccinations visit the CDC or VHA Public Health websites.