Veterans in Florida, southern Georgia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands can now get a flu shot at any of more than 800 Walgreen’s locations and the drug store can electronically forward their immunization record to the VA.
It’s a pilot program, being tried out in the Veterans Integrated Service Network 8 (VISN8). It requires no paper record, no remembering at the next VA health care appointment.
Enrolled veterans can still receive a flu shot at no cost during their regularly scheduled VA visit, on admission into a VA facility and at a VA walk-in flu station. There’s usually a charge for a flu shot at a pharmacy or private health care provider outside of the VA unless the veterans’ private insurance or Medicare covers the cost.
Information in this report was provided by Douglas Trauner, the Entrepreneur in Residence for the VA Center for Innovation.