(WFXR) — Health officials across the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts have scheduled dozens of flu vaccination clinics during the fall season in Alleghany County, Botetourt County, Craig County, Covington, Roanoke City, Salem, and Vinton.
According to the Roanoke City and Alleghany Health Districts, anyone who is at least six-months-old should receive a flu shot each year in order to reduce the risk of flu illness, severity, and death.
Unless specified as a free clinic, the health departments say they will bill your insurance for the vaccination. If you are insured, you are asked to bring your insurance card with you to the clinic. However, if you do not have insurance, health officials say payment may be adjusted based on your income.
If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, you are asked not to attend the clinic. In addition, if you do attend, make sure to wear a face covering. Health officials also require a parent or guardian to accompany attendees under the age of 18.
ALLEGHANY COUNTY AND COVINGTON:
According to the Alleghany County/Covington Health Department, starting Thursday, Oct. 1, drive-thru flu clinics will be held every Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 321 E Beech Street in Covington. There will also be clinics available Wednesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
However, appointments are required for these clinics, so call (540) 902-2173 to schedule one.
The Alleghany County/Covington Health Department is also set to offer a free flu shot clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge. Those without health insurance are encouraged to attend this event.
The Botetourt County Health Department — located at 21 Academy Street in Fincastle — says appointment-based drive-thru clinics will take place the first Thursday of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., as well as the third Thursday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m.
In addition to the regularly scheduled drive-thru clinics, the Botetourt County Health Department will also host extra drive-thru clinics on the following dates:
- Wednesday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Monday, Sept. 28, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Friday, Oct. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 1 to 3 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 23, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Monday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.
In order to set up an appointment at any of these drive-thru clinics, call (540) 473-8240.
The Botetourt Health Department will also host a free flu shot clinic at Lord Botetourt High School from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1.
Over the course of the fall, the Craig County Health Department — which is located at 161 Main Street in New Castle — is set to offer curbside flu clinics every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for those with appointments. To schedule your vaccination appointment, call (540) 864-5136.
However, health officials say the Craig County Health Department will also host a free flu shot clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, at the Craig County Health Center at 230 Market Street in New Castle.
The Roanoke City Health Department is set to host regularly-scheduled immunization clinics on Mondays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be clinics every Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. starting Thursday, Oct. 1, and every Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. starting Friday, Oct. 2.
In order to schedule an appointment for one of these flu clinics, call (540) 283-5050.
Officials say the Roanoke City Health Department will also operate a free flu shot clinic at Virginia Western Community College from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
In addition, Carilion Clinic has partnered with Roanoke Public Libraries to organize drive-up flu vaccine clinics that will provide free vaccines to anyone 18 or older:
- Thursday, Sept. 24: Melrose Branch Library (2502 Melrose Avenue NW, Suite D) from 3 to 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 29: Raleigh Court Branch Library (2112 Grandin Road SW) from 10 a.m. to noon.
- Thursday, Oct. 1: Williamson Road Branch Library (3827 Williamson Road) from 3 to 5 p.m.
Carilion Clinic says attendees at the library flu clinics are encouraged to register in advance in order to guarantee they meet screening criteria and will receive a vaccine. However, walk-ins and drive-ups are welcomed and will reportedly be accommodated as long as supplies last.
According to the Salem Health Department –which is at 105 E Calhoun Street — immunization clinics will be hosted on the first, third, and fifth Monday of the month from 12:30 to 3 p.m., as well as the second and fourth Monday of the month from 7:30 to 9 a.m.
In addition to the regularly-scheduled vaccination clinics, the Salem Health Department will also offer drive-thru clinics on the following dates:
- Friday, Oct. 2, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Monday, Oct. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 to 3 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to noon
- Monday, Nov. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m.
However, health officials you need to call (540) 387-5530 to schedule an appointment in order to attend any of these clinics.
The Salem/Roanoke County Health Department is also set to host a free flu shot clinic from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at Andrew Lewis Middle School in Salem.
Starting Sept. 18, the Vinton Health Department — located at 227 S Pollard Street — will reportedly host drive-thru flu clinics the first and third Friday of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., and the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Attendees are asked to call (540) 857-7800 in advance to set up an appointment.
Meanwhile, health officials say the Vinton/Roanoke County Health Department will operate a free vaccination clinic at the Vinton War Memorial from 4 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5.
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