No-Cost Flu Shots Available for Enrolled Veterans - San Francisco VA Health Care System
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San Francisco VA Health Care System

 

No-Cost Flu Shots Available for Enrolled Veterans

female doctor gives woman flu shot on left arm

The San Francisco VA Health Care System is now offering no-cost flu shots for enrolled Veterans at all of our outpatient clinics.

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.

Where can enrolled Veterans get a no-cost flu shot from the San Francisco VA Health Care System?

During Scheduled Appointments.

Enrolled Veterans can request a flu shot during any scheduled appointment, unless noted otherwise below.

Drive-up Vaccination Clinic at the SFVAMC.

Enrolled Veterans may schedule an appointment to receive a no-cost flu shot on weekdays at the drive-up vaccination clinic located on the ground floor of Building 209 Parking Garage at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. To schedule an appointment, call 415-750-2110. To see a campus map, click here.

Walk-up Vaccination Clinic at the SFVAMC.

Enrolled Veterans may receive a no-cost flu shot from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday - Friday at the walk-up vaccination clinic located on the ground floor of Building 209 Parking Garage at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. No appointment necessary.  To see a campus map, click here.


At a SFVAHCS Community-Based Outpatient Clinic.

Flu shots are being offered during scheduled appointments at all community-based outpatient clinics. See below for additional flu clinics being offered.

  • Clearlake
    • A drive-up flu clinic will be offered from 8 to 11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. every Friday. 
  • Downtown San Francisco
    • Flu shots are being offered on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. every Monday through Friday. Call 415-281-5100 for more information.
  • Eureka
    • Flu shots are being offered on a walk-in basis every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m.
  • San Bruno
    • Beginning Sept. 21,  flu shots will be offered outside the clinic by appointment from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday. To schedule an appointment, call 650-615-6000. Instructions will be given at the time of the appointment.
  • Santa Rosa
    • Flu shots are being offered by appointment at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. To schedule an appointment, call 707-569-2300, option 2.
  • Ukiah
    • Flu shots are being offered by appointment. To request an appointment, call 707-468-7700.

VA’s Community Care Network.

Eligible Veterans can now receive their seasonal flu shots at more than 60,000 Community Care Network (CCN) retail pharmacies and urgent care locations.

Walgreens, CVS, Costco, Safeway and Walmart are just a few in-network locations that enrolled Veterans can visit for a no-cost flu shot. Be sure to take any valid government-issued ID you when requesting a flu shot.

Veterans can also use the VA Locator to find a VA facility, in-network retail pharmacy or urgent care location near them by using this link: https://www.va.gov/find-locations. For more information, click here.

  • Eligibility

    Retail pharmacies: Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system.

    Urgent care locations: Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system and have received care from a VA or in-network community provider in the past 24 months  For more information, visit https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/flushot.asp or click here.

If the pharmacy has any questions about your VA Flu Vaccine Benefits, please refer them to the billing information below.

Steps Region 4
TriWest/Express Scripts
BIN 003858
Person Code 01
PCN A4
Group VETERAN
Birth Date Enter Veteran’s date of birth
(CCYYMMDD format)
Member ID Veteran’s Social Security Number
(*NOTE: If the Veteran does not have their Member ID number, please ask for their Social Security Number and call 888-901-6609 for assistance.)

 

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 or by leaving a voicemail on the Flu Vaccine Reporting line, 415-750-6923. When sending a Secure Message or leaving a voicemail, please include your full name, last four of SSN, a contact number and the date you received a flu vaccine. It's that simple!

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.