Free Flu Shots for Veterans - VA Maryland Health Care System
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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

Free Flu Shots for Veterans

2020-2021 Flu Season

With the coronavirus still spreading,
getting a flu shot this year is more
important than ever to help prevent
you from being infected by both
viruses.

Due to COVID-19, to get your free
flu shot, we recommend visiting a
community pharmacy that is a
part of the VA network. These
include the following: 

  

     Masked clinicians giving a shot to a masked patient
Community In-Network Pharmacies
CVS                                   Safeway
Costco                              Walmart
Kroger                              Wegmans

(Walgreens is NOT participating this year)

To be eligible for this benefit, you must have received care from the VA in the past 24 months. No appointments or referrals are required to get a free flu shot at a community pharmacy that is part of the VA network, but please call the pharmacy before visiting to ensure they are participating. Please inform the pharmacy that you are a Veteran and show them your VA Veterans Health Identification Card.

You can also receive a flu shot during a scheduled, onsite primary care appointment and most specialty care appointments throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System, or during one of our drive-thru flu shot clinics.

See additional details below.      

FREE FLU SHOTS FOR VETERANS

 Community Pharmacies and Urgent Care Providers (recommended)

 VA In-Network Pharmacies

 The following community pharmacies are part of the VA network: CVS, Costco, Kroger, Safeway, Walmart
 and Wegmans Pharmacies.
You will need to call before going to make sure your local pharmacy is
 participating.


 VA In-Network Pharmacy or Urgent Care Provider Online Search

  • Visit www.va.gov/find-locations.
  • Enter your city, state or postal code.
  • Choose a Facility type and Service type:
  • In the “Facility type” box select “Community pharmacies (in VA’s network)," skip the “Service type” box and click on “Search,” or
  • In the “Facility type” box select “Urgent Care,” and in the "Service type" box select “Community urgent care providers (in VA’s network)” and click on “Search.”
  • After clicking on “Search,” a listing of in-network pharmacies or urgent care providers near you will be listed.
  • Please call before going to get a flu shot to make sure your local pharmacy or urgent care provider is participating.

 When visiting a VA in-network pharmacy or urgent care provider, please let them know you are a Veteran and
 show them your VA Veterans Health Identification Card.

 You may also provide the following information to community pharmacies so they have the appropriate flu
 shot billing information:

Billing Information for Community Pharmacies & Urgent Care Providers

Step 1: Enter BIN: 004336

Step 2: Enter PCN: ADV

Step 3: Enter Rx Group: RX3481

Step 4: Enter Veteran ID: 10-digit Veteran ID
If the Veteran does not have their 10-digit Veteran ID, ask the Veteran for their 9-digit SSN
and call 888-901-6609 for assistance.  

Step 5: Enter Veteran's date of birth (YYMMDD format)

        Pharmacies should call the CVS Caremark Pharmacy Help Desk for questions at 800-364-6331, and urgent care     
        providers should call 888-901-6609 to confirm eligibility.

 Scheduled Clinic Appointments

 You can also receive a flu shot during your onsite primary care appointment and most specialty care appointments throughout the VA Maryland Health Care System.

 VA Drive-Thru Flu Clinics

 If you cannot or do not want to get a flu shot in the community, you can come to one of the clinics we have set
 up outside our medical centers and some outpatient clinics. No appointment is required.
 See Drive-Thru Flu Clinic dates and locations.
 NEW! Saturday Drive-Thru Flu Clinics: October 10 and November 14 

For a printable flyer containing more information about free flu shots for Veterans, click Flu 2020 flyer.

For information and updates on the 2020 Flu Season from the VA Maryland Health Care System, call the Flu Information Line at 410-605-7273.

For medical advice, please call the Telephone Care Line at 800-865-2441.