GW Fight the Flu!
To assist with the health and wellbeing of GW staff, faculty, and students, the GW Occupational Health Program will be offering a series of free influenza vaccine clinics in October. We recommend that EVERYONE receive an influenza vaccine this year. If you are authorized to be on campus, influenza vaccine is now REQUIRED by the university.
Everyone is recommended to receive an influenza vaccine. If you are not authorized to be on campus, you do not need to come in only for a flu shot. You may receive one from your usual health care provider or most retail pharmacies. Vaccines are covered by your health insurance typically with no out-of-pocket cost to you. If you are employed by the MFA or GW Hospital, please receive your flu shot through your employer to avoid crowding at the university flu clinics.
It’s likely that flu viruses and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both spread this fall and winter. Health care systems could be overwhelmed treating both patients with flu and patients with COVID-19. This means getting a flu vaccine during 2020-2021 is more important than ever.
While getting a flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, such as:
- Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and death.
- Getting a flu vaccine can save health care resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.
Foggy Bottom beginning Oct. 5, 2020. Flu clinics will be every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday through November 4, 2020.
Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) beginning Oct. 8, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday in October from 9am – 4pm
Open flu vaccine clinics will occur in the Marvin Center, 3rd floor on the Foggy Bottom Campus and Enterprise Hall on the VSTC Campus. These will be adjacent to the COVID testing centers, so you can receive your COVID test and receive a flu vaccine in one visit.
Other important information
For students, faculty, and staff the deadline to document you have received an influenza vaccine is Nov. 10, 2020, in order to remain authorized to be on campus. If you get your influenza vaccine at the university flu clinic, we will record that for you. If you receive it somewhere else you may upload documentation of receiving your vaccine in the myCHC portal through the Colonial Health Center. Faculty and staff may also email documentation to email@example.com
If you may be authorized to be on campus in the spring semester, you will need to provide documentation of having received an influenza vaccine BEFORE the beginning of classes on Jan. 11, 2020. Get your flu shot this fall and save and submit your documentation.
You may be exempted from the influenza vaccine for valid health or religious reasons. For more information, faculty and staff should contact the GW Occupational Health Program at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students should contact Colonial Health Services at 202-994-5300.
Community Influenza Clinics – Volunteer to Help!
The university is also sponsoring a series of free influenza vaccine clinics in medically underserved areas of Washington, D.C. We are partnering with a number of community organizations and are looking for volunteers. Both medically trained and non-medically trained people can help, however we are especially in need of licensed RNs, NPs, PAs or MDs.
Here are some confirmed influenza clinics:
- Bread for the City recurring Tuesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 3pm
- Family Medical and Counseling Center recurring Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am - 1pm
- The ARC Oct 20, 21 and 28
- Miriam's House October 22
- Phyllis Wheatly YWCA October 23
- Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church October 24
- N Street Village October 26
- Mt. Moriah Baptist Church October 24
- Patricia Hand Place October 28
- Thrive DC October 29 and November 5
We are continuing to seek community partners and other opportunities will become available.