Free Flu Shots Available to Staff
The Office of Research Services and the Clinical Center will provide free flu shots through Nov. 5 to staff with a valid NIH identification badge. This year’s immunization clinic has additional changes. Walk-in immunization will not be available.
Similar to last year, the vaccine will be given by appointment only for all sites (including clinics in Montana, North Carolina and Baltimore and Frederick, Md.) through an online registration system (https://www.foiltheflu.nih.gov) to help keep people safe.
The location on the Bethesda main campus has changed to Bldg. 10, FAES Terrace; access to the building is controlled and individuals must enter through the north, south and P1 parking entrances.
ORS is planning to set up a Covid-19 booster clinic once more guidance on approvals comes from FDA and CDC. Stay tuned for more information in future emails.
Additional Covid-19 safety measures will be in place at all clinics. Individuals must wear a mask and follow all physical-distancing requirements while in the building. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment time to avoid creating lines at the check-in area. Staff providing vaccines will carefully follow infection control procedures including mask wearing and hand hygiene.
All teleworking employees in the Washington, D.C., area are encouraged to schedule an appointment at Shady Grove, 5601 Fishers Lane or the 6700B Rockledge locations and avoid the main campus. Extra dates and appointments have been added to those sites to accommodate additional staff.
Do not schedule an appointment at Baltimore/Harbor Hospital or Poolesville unless you work onsite at those locations.
NIH ordered both high-dose and the regular quadrivalent vaccines for all flu shot sites. Staff ages 65 and older can receive the high-dose vaccine. A limited number of egg-free doses have been ordered and will be administered only to health care personnel with a documented egg allergy.
To learn more about the high-dose flu shot, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/qa_fluzone.htm.