(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health, led by Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, announced that the District’s walk-up vaccination sites will begin offering annual influenza (flu) shots. Earlier this month, Mayor Bowser encouraged residents to receive their flu shot by the end of October.
Beginning Wednesday, October 13, Fort Stanton Recreation Center (1812 Erie Street SE) and Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) (3101 16th Street NW) will offer flu shots for residents ages 3 and older, in addition to COVID-19 vaccinations for those who are eligible.
Beginning Tuesday, October 19, Benning Library (3935 Benning Road NE) will offer flu shots for residents ages 3 and older, in addition to COVID-19 vaccinations for those who are eligible. The clinic at Benning Library will also change its hours for Tuesdays and Wednesdays to 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Like the COVID-19 vaccine, flu shots are also free at the District’s walk-up vaccination sites. While residents are encouraged to bring their insurance information, it is not required. Individuals without insurance will still receive their vaccination(s). No one will be turned away or and no one will be charged.
All people six months and older should get their annual flu vaccination to reduce the chance of getting the flu and spreading it to others. The best way to protect yourself and the people around you against flu is to get the flu vaccine each year. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Serious outcomes of flu infection can result in hospitalization or death.
Residents can find days and hours for the District’s walk-up vaccination sites at vaccinate.dc.gov.