Western North Carolina VA Health Care System to host drive-thru flu shot clinic - Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
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Charles George VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC


Western North Carolina VA Health Care System to host drive-thru flu shot clinic

September 10, 2020

It is especially important this year to receive your flu shot as this flu season coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Monday, Sept. 14, all enrolled Veterans at the Western North Carolina VA Health Care System will have the opportunity to receive a free flu shot. There are three opportunities to receive your flu shot:

Option 1: Scheduled appointments. If you already have a scheduled appointment, you may receive your flu shot at that time. Includes Primary Care, Specialty Care Clinics and the Franklin, Hickory and Rutherford County Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs). 

Option 2: New This Year… Flu Shot “Drive Thru” Clinic. Flu shots will be available curbside during designated times (see table below) at the Charles George VA Medical Center and Rutherford County, Franklin, and Hickory CBOCs.

Option 3: Community Care Network:
 Starting Sept. 1, enrolled Veterans (active within the past 24 months) can receive a flu shot through the Community Care Network (CCN). CCN retail pharmacies or urgent care/walk-in care (standalone visit) will provide flu shots at no cost with no co-payment. Retail pharmacy examples are CVS Pharmacy and Walmart Pharmacy. 

Drive-Thru Flu-Shot Clinic Schedule

Charles George VA Medical Center

Sept. 21 through 25, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 28 through Oct. 2, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Every Wednesday and Friday in October (Oct. 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30) from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (*Saturday)

Franklin CBOC

Sept. 22 and 28, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to noon
Oct. 6, 8 & 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hickory CBOC

Sept. 22, 24 and 29, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 1, 6, 8, 13 & 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 7 and 14, 8 a.m. to noon

Rutherford County CBOC

(in Forest City)

Sept. 22 and 28,  8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 25, 8 a.m. to noon
Oct. 6, 8 and 15, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What to Expect at the Drive-Thru Clinic

Q. Do I need an appointment?
A. No appointment required.
Q. What are the dates and times?
A. See table above for facility and CBOC dates and times.

Q. Can I receive the high-dose vaccine?

A. Yes, if you are 65 years or older, you will be offered the high-dose vaccine.

Q. What should I wear?

A. On the day of the clinic, we ask that you please wear a loose-fitting short sleeve shirt (or tank top), as you will need to roll up your sleeve.

Q. What can I expect?

A. You will receive a handout about the influenza vaccine and a list of allergy questions. The nurse will administer a flu shot while you sit in your vehicle. For everyone’s safety, please stay in your car. After receiving the flu shot, you will be directed to a parking area to wait 15 minutes for monitoring. Although rare, allergic reactions can occur.

Q. What special precautions will be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19?

A. You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions. You must wear a face mask at all times. You will remain in your car at all times. All staff will be wearing a face mask, face shield and gloves. Frequent hand washing and keeping surfaces clean.

Community Care Questions

Q. Do I need an appointment?
A. No appointment or referral is required.

Q. Do I need to bring my VHIC card?

A. Yes, you should tell the in-network community care staff that you are an eligible Veteran who is enrolled with the VA and show a government-issued identification (e.g., Veterans Health Identification Card or driver’s license).

Q. When can I get my flu shot in the community?

A. Starting Sept. 1

Q. Where in the community can I get my flu shot?

A. Click on the below link for participating community pharmacy or urgent care community provider (must be part of VA’s network).

VA Facility Locator weblink
Q. Are there instructions on how to locate a participating pharmacy or urgent care provider?
A. After clicking on VA Facility Locator weblink:
  • Under “Choose a Facility Type”, Select the urgent care or pharmacy drop down
  • Enter your ZIP Code
Q. If I have questions or need help with the weblink, who do I contact?
A. Call the Office of Community Care National Contact Center at (877) 881-7618.

Q. Can I receive the high-dose flu shot at my community pharmacy or urgent care?

A. We cannot guarantee the high-dose vaccine will be available at your local pharmacy or urgent care.  Flu vaccine manufacturers may differ from what is provided at the VA, as not all flu vaccines are made by the same company.   

Q. Do I need to provide my Primary Care Team with documentation that I received the flu shot in the community?

A. Yes. If you receive a flu shot outside the VA, please ask for a copy of your vaccination record. Please telephone your Primary Care Clinic and provide them with the name of the pharmacy and the date you received a flu shot.  You can also send a Secure Message via MyHealtheVet and provide the same information.