Programs & Events:   Flu + Vax Clinics
 
Flu vaccinations are more important than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

By increasing the number of people vaccinated, we can reduce flu illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths this fall and winter, which can in turn help reduce the burden on our medical system and save medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients.

All employees  (including part time, temporary, substitutes, interns and student teachers) and all public safety volunteers  (Fire Rescue, Police and Sheriffs) are eligible to receive flu and other vaccinations with NO OUT OF POCKET COST, even if you are not covered on the County health plan.  

Keep in mind this year: 

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place, the use of masks will be required, and all room occupancy limits need to be observed.
  • Onsite clinics are for employees and public safetly volunteers. See below for offsite clinic options for family members.
  • You are welcome to attend the clinic held at your worksite, or at another one on the calendar if more convenient.
  • The following vaccines will be offered: influenza, Shingrix, MMR, and TDaP.
  • COVID boosters are not offered at this time.

Schedule Coming Soon!

 

Q: What vaccines will be offered at the clinic?

We will be offering Influenza varieties (including high-dose for ages 65+ and thimerosal-free) to protect against flu; Tdap to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; and Shingrix (for ages 50+) to protect against shingles.

Q: What if I can’t make it to one of the onsite clinics to receive a vaccine?
Not to worry - see Offsite options below for other ways to get vaccinated.

Q: What do I need to bring?

If possible, fill out the Vaccine Consent Form ahead of time, available hereGiant Food All Vaccines Consent Form 8.24.21 PDF Editable.pdfGiant Food All Vaccines Consent Form 8.24.21 PDF Editable.pdf If visiting an onsite clinic, bring your Anthem card. If visiting a pharmacy, bring your Anthem card if you are on the County health plan, or if you are not on the County health plan bring your voucher.

Q: What side effects are associated with vaccinations?

All vaccines may pose a risk of adverse effects which can include but aren’t limited to fever, fatigue, muscle pain, upset stomach, and swelling at the injection site. Adverse effects to a vaccine should be reported to the US Department of Health and Human Services. Visit www.vaers.hhs.gov to file a report, or call 1-800-822-7967.

Q: Can I still get vaccinated even if I’m sick or have medical conditions?

There are certain conditions that influence who should and should not get a vaccine – click here​ to read more from the CDC, or talk to your healthcare provider​ with specific questions.

Offsite and family options:

If you are an adult covered on the County health plan (employees, spouses, dependents and retirees) may   go to ANY pharmacy to get the vaccinations.  Pharmacy policies on vaccinating children vary by age, so call ahead for minors or check with your child's physician.  All you need to bring is your Anthem card to take advantage of this benefit.
 
If you are an employee not on the County health plan, you will   need to print​  a voucher, then take it to Giant or Martin's Pharmacy in order to take advantage of this benefit.  Voucher:  Albemarle immunization voucher 2020-21 (1).pdfAlbemarle immunization voucher 2020-21 (1).pdfClick here for login help.​
 
If you are a public safety volunteer, please see an officer in your organization for your  public safety voucher, then take it to Giant or Martin's Pharmacy  in order to take advantage of this benefit.


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 The onsite clinics will be offering the following vaccinations (supplies permitting*):

Quadrivalent Flucelvax: Recommended yearly for everyone 4 years and older to protect against Influenza. Influenza is highly contagious and causes fever, sore throat, cough, chills, headache and muscle aches. Each year in the U.S. more than 200,000 people are hospitalized and up to 49,000 may die from influenza-related illness. It is important to protect yourself yearly with this vaccine.​ For more information read CDC guidance about seasonal flu vaccinations. 

Fluad: Recommended yearly for anyone age 65 and older to protect against influenza. As you get older, your immune system may weaken. Fluad was designed specifically for adults age 65 and older and provides a strong immune response to help protect against the flu.
 
Shingrix: Recommended for anyone age 50 and older to protect against Shingles. 99% of people over 50 years of age are living with the virus that causes shingles. 1 in 3 people will get shingles in their lifetime. This vaccine takes a few minutes to prepare, so please allow for extra time at the clinic.
 
Shingrix is a two-dose vaccine given 2 to 6 months apart that is up to 90% effective at preventing Shingles. BeWell will be offering clinics at a few locations throughout the County for employees to receive the 2nd dose of Shingrix and additional vaccines.    The shingles vaccine poses a higher risk of side effects compared to other vaccines. Possible effects include fever, fatigue, muscle pain, upset stomach, and swelling at the injection site. More information about the side effects of Shingrix can be found here, or you can call 1‑800‑772‑9292. ​
 

Tdap: Recommended for adolescents 11-18 and adults 19 and older to protect against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Whooping Cough) or Tetanus and Diphthe​ria. The CDC recommends a booster shot every 10 years.  Boostrix and/or Adacel are available.

mmr.pdfMMR: Recommended to protect against measles, mumps and rubella for anyone born after 1957 who has no documented evidence of receiving two doses of MMR. 

*Vaccine shortages may occur at any time, but the staff at Giant Pharmacy are doing all they can to keep supplies in stock.  To learn more, visit the CDC webpage for current shortages and delays

 

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