With flu season raging on, many are looking to get flu shots, and there are several places in New York City where people have the opportunity to do so.
According to the New York state Department of Health, the flu has been reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of the state. In response, Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a public health emergency Saturday allowing locations to administer the shots to those from 6 months to 18 years old for the next month. The state law says that only those 18 and older can receive the vaccination.
Drugstores such as CVS, Rite Aid, Duane Reade and Walgreens offer flu shots to customers. All the locations charge $31.99 for the vaccination, except for Rite Aid, which charges $29.99, and they accept many health insurance plans, including Aetna, United, Cigna, Humana, Tricare and ESI. Those who have Medicare Part B will have their costs covered completely.
These drugstores also offer free immunization assessments, which determine what other vaccinations an adult may be eligible for. The pharmacy departments of stores like Costco and Pathmark are also offering the vaccine.
Like the drugstores, clinics in New York City are not requiring appointments to get the flu shot. Vaccinations will be administered on a first-come, first-served basis, and free vaccinations are also administered through the New York City Department of Health at some clinic locations.
Clinics include the Queens Long Island Medical Group locations, the Tremont Health Center in the Bronx, the Fort Greene Health Center in Brooklyn and the Drew Hamilton Houses Health Center Clinic in Manhattan.
New York City clinics will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 21, Staff Training Day on Feb. 7, and Presidents’ Day on Feb. 18.
To find a clinic or drugstore offering the vaccination nearest you, visit www.nyc.gov/flu. Be sure to call 311 or the clinic location to see if the shot is still in stock. The Wall Street Journal reported that many locations are facing shortages of the vaccination because of high demand.