Flu immunization information

Getting your flu vaccine

It’s important to get a flu shot to protect your health and to prevent the spread of flu to others. Flu shots are the best way to help prevent influenza, commonly known as flu. Although flu shots offer no guarantee against getting  sick, you can protect yourself from the risk of flu-related complications by getting a FREE flu shot at one of upcoming on-campus clinics, your local drug store or doctor's office!

  • If you have state employee (COVA) health coverage, the flu vaccine is covered with no out-of-pocket cost for you and for your covered family members. See detailed information at https://www.dhrm.virginia.gov/employeebenefits/health-benefits/flushotinformation . For covered employees working on campus, VCU has arranged five on-campus flu clinics as explained below.
  • If you have other health insurance, check with your health plan to find out about coverage for the flu vaccine, and where to get it. The on-campus flu clinics do not accept other insurance.
  • If you do not have health insurance, or if your health plan does not cover the flu vaccine, contact your local health district to inquire about flu vaccination clinics. For Richmond City Health District flu vaccination clinics, see information at https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/richmond-city/immunization-program/
  • If you are a VCUarts employee in Qatar with QLM health coverage, the QLM health plan does not cover the flu vaccine, however you may obtain the flu vaccine (seasonal) through Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) health centers by presenting your HMC card. This also applies to employees covered under COVA Care.  For questions, contact the Human Resources department in Qatar.

As a convenience to university faculty and staff working on campus, VCU HR has arranged for Walgreens, a participating pharmacy with the COVA health plans, to conduct five flu immunization clinics on campus during September, October and November.  The following procedures apply to the flu immunization clinics:

  • Appointments are required using the Walgreens scheduler.  You can sign up for one of the five clinics here.  No walk-ins will be accepted. Employees who do have an appointment must bring their health plan ID card and photo ID to the clinic at their appointed time.
  • Only university faculty and staff may schedule appointments for the on-campus clinics. Family members should not be brought to campus.
  • Employees with any symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not attend the clinics.

Upcoming 2022 Flu immunization clinics at VCU

MCV Campus clinics:

Monday, October 3rd
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Robert Blackwell Smith Building (School of Pharmacy)
410 N. 12th Street, Room 129

Wednesday, October 26th 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Robert Blackwell Smith Building (School of Pharmacy)
410 N. 12th Street, Room 129


Monroe Park Campus clinics:

Tuesday, September 27th  
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
HR Training Room
922 W. Grace Street, Room 115 

Wednesday, October 19th 
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
HR Training Room
922 W. Grace Street, Room 115 


VCU Police Department:

Wednesday, November 2nd
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
VCU Police Department, 224 E. Broad Street

Due to the current COVID situation, the process will be a little different this year. You MUST make an appointment in advance! 

Make your appointment here - Appointments required!

On the day of your appointment:

Unable to make one of the on-campus clinics?
Most pharmacies offer the flu vaccination. To receive the flu shot at no cost, call a convenient local retail pharmacy to verify that they offer onsite immunizations and that they participate in your health plan’s pharmacy network.

Special Note for COVA HealthAware participants:
If you intend to use your flu shot to obtain "Do Right" credit in your Aetna Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA), be sure to obtain written confirmation of your flu shot from the participating pharmacy.