To assist Brown faculty and staff in protecting their own health, and doing their part to protect community health during the COVID-19 pandemic, University Human Resources will provide a series of flu shot clinics in the coming weeks for employees working regularly on campus.
In any year, the importance of getting a seasonal influenza vaccine is essential in protecting personal and community health. While many people who get the flu recover within a week or two, others can develop serious complications such as pneumonia, which can be life-threatening -- particularly for adults over age 65 or with those underlying health conditions. This year, with the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect patients across the globe, public health experts and physicians say the importance of widespread flu vaccination is more significant than ever in limiting illness, protecting community health, reducing the strain on health care systems responding to the pandemic, and preserving medical resources for the care of COVID-19 patients. This year’s flu vaccine will protect against four virus strains anticipated to be most common during the upcoming season.
Brown faculty members and staff who are designated as essential-onsite or essential-special can schedule an appointment for a flu shot from Monday, Sept. 28, through Friday, Oct. 16. This year, the on-campus facility for flu shots will be located at 205 Meeting St. on College Hill. To support the ability of individuals to maintain required social distance and to protect the safety of every employee, flu shots will be scheduled on an appointment-only basis and limited to employees who are approved to work on campus. Eligible employees will receive an email during the week of Sept. 21 with a link to register for an appointment and details on protocols that must be followed. All eligible employees must have an appointment -- walk-in visits will not be permitted.
Employees who are working remotely are encouraged to get a flu shot at an in-network pharmacy or from their primary health care provider. In accordance with Brown’s COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy, employees working remotely can receive the flu shot at no cost at their primary care physician’s office or at an in-network pharmacy partner for Brown University -- please present your OptumRx card before you have your flu shot. Employees who are approved to be on campus but choose not to participate in the on-campus flu vaccine program may also receive a flu shot at their primary care physician’s office or in-network pharmacy. For more information on participating pharmacies, please refer to this document: http://brown.edu/go/optumrx
Please contact [email protected] with any questions.