Universal immunization against influenza during the COVID-19 era will help to reduce the burden on and resources of the healthcare systems on and off campus. While influenza itself does not directly affect the transmission of COVID-19, an outbreak of influenza could significantly reduce the university’s ability to address COVID-19 as these infections are anticipated to occur simultaneously. Symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza are very similar and evaluation for these conditions may require utilization of healthcare systems, PPE, and possible need for isolation pending results of testing.
Wake Forest University will be offering free flu shots to all faculty, staff, and retirees from Sep. 21 through Dec. 7. Spouses and dependent children (8 years and older), who are enrolled in the university’s BlueCross BlueShield medical plan are also eligible.
Mandatory Influenza Vaccine Policy
Universal immunization against influenza during the COVID-19 era will help to reduce the burden on resources of the healthcare systems on and off campus while also promoting the health and wellbeing of the campus community. This policy requires all faculty, staff, and students receive a flu shot and submit documentation by December 15. Employees should submit their documentation or request an exemption from the influenza vaccine requirement by completing the Employee Influenza Vaccine Form.
WFU-Sponsored Flu Shots Clinics
Advanced registration is required through the Professional Development Center (PDC) website. The deadline to register is by 2:00 p.m. the day prior to the scheduled flu shot clinic. Bring a completed Flu Shot Consent Form (Download in English or Spanish) with you to your visit.
Drive-through Flu Shot Clinics
In addition to on-campus flu shot clinics, WFU is offering a drive-through flu shot location at LJVM Coliseum (2825 University Pkwy, Winston-Salem NC 27105) tThe drive-through clinic is not recommended for first time flu shots, for those who do not respond well to them, or for those that have anxiety about needles.
- Documentation: Bring a completed Flu Shot Consent Form (download in English or Spanish).
- Safety: Individuals are required to wear a mask. The drive-through clinic requires all individuals in the vehicle to wear a mask.
- Identification: Faculty, staff, and retirees should bring their Deacon OneCard. Spouses and dependent children should bring their BCBS insurance card.
- Attire & Seating: Wear clothing that allows easy access to the upper arm. Short sleeves are preferred. The drive-through clinic requires the recipient to be seated at a window or door that can be opened.
Wake Forest University Human Resources
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