The Washington State Department of Health is collaborating with Safeway Inc. and Albertsons Companies LLC to offer no-cost flu vaccination for uninsured adults over the age of 18 to help prevent flu illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Health officials are concerned that the presence of both viruses could put more people in the hospital and strain Washington’s health care system. Twenty-three Albertsons and Safeway pharmacies across the state will offer the flu vaccine free of charge through June 2021 to uninsured adults. The pharmacies will not charge an administration fee, and no proof of residency or immigration status will be required.
The department also says adults who have insurance should also get vaccinated now. Flu vaccine for those age 19 and older is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare and Apple Health. Washington also provides the flu vaccine, and all recommended vaccines, at no cost to everyone under the age of 19. (WA Dept of Health)