With the expected rise in flu cases this year, and as we work to help protect our community from the continued spread of COVID-19, WPI is partnering with Walgreens to provide annual flu vaccinations for students, faculty, and staff:
Rubin Campus Center Odeum
Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21, 2021
11 am to 4 pm
Appointments are required and can be booked here. Sign up by September 19. WPI will have 300 appointments available for the September clinic. A second clinic will be held October 8 and 9; details and sign ups will be made available in the coming weeks.
- When you book an appointment, you’ll receive a confirmation email with links to two forms: the Vaccine Information Statement and the Vaccine Consent Form. Please print and complete the forms and bring them with you. If you do not have access to a printer, you can complete printed forms at the clinic; please arrive 15 minutes early.
- Each appointment is expected to take approximately 15 minutes or less.
- You must wear a face covering to your appointment. The Flu Clinic will be set up to be socially distanced and to move everyone quickly and efficiently through the process.
- Please bring your photo ID (student or employee ID card, driver’s license, etc.), proof of insurance, and the completed forms to your appointment.
Walgreens will have other vaccines available (MMR, meningitis, Tdap, and others) at the September and October clinics; simply ask when you arrive. The COVID-19 vaccine will not be available at these clinics.
For those unable to attend the flu clinics, vaccinations are available off-campus as well:
- Walgreens on Park Avenue
- CVS Minute Clinic on West Boylston Street.
- Shaw’s Supermarket on West Boylston Street.
- Call ahead for an appointment.
- 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.