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Now is the Time to Get Your Flu Shot

10/1/2021

Now is the time to make an appointment to get your flu shot. Don’t delay because it takes about two weeks after your flu shot until you are fully protected. Ideally, you should get your flu shot before the end of October each year.

The flu shot is free under your PEBTF or REHP medical benefits. Here are convenient ways to get your vaccine:

Active and Non-Medicare Eligible Retiree Members

  1. At your doctor's office: Present your medical plan ID card. There is no cost for the immunization but your doctor may choose to charge an office visit copay, if applicable.
  2. At a CVS Caremark Flu Shot network pharmacy: For members age 9 and older – present your prescription drug ID card. There is no cost for the flu shot.

    You can go to any pharmacy that participates in the CVS Caremark Flu Shot network to receive your shot. The Flu Shot network includes most chain pharmacies such as Acme, Giant, Giant Eagle, Target, Weis Markets and Rite Aid, in addition to CVS pharmacies and many independent pharmacies. Call or stop by your local pharmacy to make sure they have the flu shots in stock, and that they participate with CVS Caremark Flu Shot Program for insurance.

    To schedule your flu shot at a CVS Pharmacy: Make an appointment through the CVSpharmacy app. You’ll be able to choose the pharmacy location and pick a time convenient for you. Then, all you have to do is show up, roll up your sleeve and the provider will do the rest.

    You may call CVS Caremark at 1-888-321-3261 if you have any questions.

Medicare-Eligible Members

The REHP provides you with this important preventive care benefit as part of the benefits you receive from your Aetna Medicare Open Access PPO. For more information, contact Aetna by calling the phone number that appears on your medical ID card.

For more information about the flu vaccine, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/prevent/flushot.htm

Did you get your Covid-19 Vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illness. All Pennsylvanians age 12 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website can help you find a vaccine near you. Just visit the site, click on the link and enter your zip code. Most major pharmacies have the vaccine in stock. Or, you can call 1-800-232-0233.

Here is a list of COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics that the PA Department of Health is holding:

COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS
Date Location Time
10/7/2021 Farm Show (KILE) 10AM - 4PM
10/8/2021 Farm Show (KILE) 10AM - 4PM
10/15/2021
  • The Woodlands
  • 1073 Hwy 315, Wilkes-Barre
  • (Commonwealth employees only)
8AM - 12:30PM
11/16/2021
  • Rachel Carson Building
  • 400 Market St., Harrisburg
  • (Commonwealth employees only)
7:30AM - 12:30PM
10/15/2021
  • Labor and Industry
  • 651 Boas St., Harrisburg
  • (Commonwealth employees only)
8:30AM - 1PM

For more information about the COVID-19 vaccine, visit:

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

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