WPI is providing a second on-campus Students-Only Flu-Clinic:
Rubin Campus Center Odeum
Monday, Oct. 26 - Friday, Oct. 30.
11 am to 4 pm
The university is partnering with Walgreens to provide 2,500 vaccinations over the course of the week to help students meet Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s mandate requiring all students in Massachusetts under 30 years of age to get a flu vaccine.
WPI is requiring students to get a flu vaccination, either on campus or on your own, by Dec. 1. All students must also upload verification of their flu vaccination, by December 1st, via the health portal. Health Services is hoping to offer some positive incentives for students who upload their vaccination documentation to the health portal by Nov. 20. Any student who does not comply with the Dec. 1 flu vaccine deadline will have a hold placed on their WPI account.
Appointments are required at WPI’s Student Only Flu Clinic and can be booked here.
- Each appointment is expected to take three minutes or less from start to finish.
- The Flu Clinic will be set up to be socially distanced and to move students quickly and efficiently through the process.
- Students will need to provide health insurance card, WPI ID, and a printed and completed copy of the VAR (Vaccine Administration Record) posted on the Flu Clinic registration site.
Students who are fully remote or are unable to get an appointment with the on-campus clinic should contact their primary care provider or local pharmacy to get a flu vaccination.
- Flu shots are also available now at Walgreens on Park Avenue, at the CVS Minute Clinic or Shaw’s Supermarket, both on West Boylston Street.
- You can make appointments online.
- All locations are accessible via the WPI SNAP Van.
It is more important than ever to get the flu vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to reduce the risk of a flu outbreak, which would place additional strain on the healthcare system and on WPI’s ability to manage potential cases of COVID-19 and remain open for on-campus classes and activities.
The CDC estimates that the seasonal flu—a contagious respiratory illness that affects the nose, throat, and lungs—was associated with more than 35.5 million illnesses, 490,600 hospitalizations, and 34,200 deaths during the 2018–2019 influenza season. The CDC suggests that September and October are the best times to get a flu vaccine, since the flu season usually hits by early November and it takes the vaccine two weeks to reach peak effectiveness.
WPI provided a flu clinic in early October that provided 1,500 shots to students, faculty, and staff. Between the two clinics, WPI will have provided 4,000 vaccinations, which is a huge increase from the 690 flu vaccines provided at last year’s on-campus flu clinic.