City to Hold Flu Vaccination Clinics
First two clinics scheduled for Oct. 13 and Oct. 23
Pre-clinic registration required
SOMERVILLE, MA – The City of Somerville has set up two free flu vaccination clinics for residents in October that will be open by appointment. Additional dates will be added through the fall and winter and will be posted on somervillema.gov/flu. Residents are strongly encouraged to get the vaccine to protect their health as well as to support the community’s efforts to lessen the impacts of both influenza and the coronavirus.
Flu clinics are for Somerville community members ages 3 and up, with or without health insurance. As a coronavirus safety measure, attendees must make an appointment in advance so that staff can safely manage the flow of those seeking vaccinations (sign up information is below). City flu clinics offer both the high dose flu vaccine for persons 65 and older and the regular dose flu vaccine for those under 65.
Before you go:
Pre-registration at somervillema.gov/flu is required for all City flu clinics. Be sure to select “Flu vaccine (influenza)” when scheduling your appointment. If you need assistance or language support in any language to sign up, please call 311 (617-666-3311). For all clinics, face coverings must be worn. Those who have health coverage should bring their insurance cards (including MassHealth and Medicare) with them, but the vaccines are free to all Somerville residents regardless of whether they have insurance.
Flu vaccine clinic schedule:
Wednesday, October 13 at the East Somerville Community School at 50 Cross St. from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m,
Saturday, October 23 at the Somerville Public Library West Branch at 40 College Ave. from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Other providers: Local pharmacies also offer free flu vaccinations, and residents may also seek flu vaccinations from their medical provider.
Additional dates will be added later this fall and winter. Check somervillema.gov/flu for additional dates, and to receive updates please sign up for City alerts by all delivery means possible (phone, email, and text) at http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts. Alerts are sent in five languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, and Nepali).
Flu vaccines reduce the risk of serious flu-related illness, hospitalization, and death. The best time to get a flu vaccine is between late September and early November. There is potential for an early and severe flu season due to the relaxed pandemic safety measures and the population’s reduced immunity to the flu after months of social distancing. Getting your flu shot now can help reduce the spread of the flu virus and the burden on the healthcare system during the coronavirus pandemic.
For more information and regular COVID-19 updates, visit http://www.somervillema.gov/coronavirus and sign up for City alerts at http://www.somervillema.gov/Alerts. We urge you to sign up for every alert method you are able to receive: phone call, text, email. Also follow FB.com/SomervilleCity and @SomervilleCity.