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2020-2021 Flu Season

FIGHT the Flu By Going to Your Neighborhood Pharmacy!


Fight the flu this year! Get a flu shot to protect your health and to prevent the spread of flu to others. 

Getting a flu shot this year is more important than ever. The more people who receive the flu shot, the higher our community immunity levels will be and there will be less pressure on the healthcare system from seasonal flu and pneumonia. This will ensure available capacity to meet the needs placed on the healthcare system by COVID-19.

Flu shots are the best way to help prevent influenza, commonly known as flu. Although flu shots are no guarantee against getting sick, you can protect yourself against flu by getting a FREE flu shot at your local drug store or doctor’s office. Just show your COVA Care, COVA HealthAware or COVA HDHP plan ID card to the participating pharmacist or provider to get flu shots at no cost for you and covered family members.

NOTE ON COVID-19: This is an unusual flu season because of the coronavirus  pandemic.  DHRM does not recommend that state agencies conduct onsite flu shot clinics. Some agencies may opt to conduct drive through or walk up clinics. If they choose to have onsite, drive through or walk up clinics, agencies must follow federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health guidelines for face coverings, social distancing, number of employees and other requirements. Please also see CDC guidance on administering vaccines during a pandemic: www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pandemic-guidance/index.html

Flu Shot Program

COVA Care, COVA HealthAware and COVA HDHP logos

The COVA Care, COVA HDHP and COVA HealthAware prescription drug programs are with Anthem Pharmacy, delivered by IngenioRx. Covered plan members in downtown Richmond can also visit Capitol Square Healthcare.

Follow these steps:

  1. Click on this spreadsheet to find the names of participating pharmacies. The tabs at the bottom separate them by category.
  2. If your retail drug store is shown as participating with your health plan, call them to verify that you may receive the flu shot at no cost and ask when this season's flu shots will be available.
  3. Once you have the information, go to the pharmacy and present your COVA Care, COVA HealthAware or COVA HDHP health plan ID card.

Get your flu shot at no charge. It is covered by your prescription drug benefit.

Important tips:

  • Be sure to get your flu shot from the participating pharmacy and not from a third party vendor who may be holding a clinic at the store.
  • Check the link above for a list of local participating pharmacies and other providers. Your state agency location may be working with a local pharmacy to provide free flu shots onsite. Be sure to ask about local schedules. See note above on COVID-19.
  • Kaiser Permanente HMO plan members have access to free flu shots at participating Kaiser medical centers.
  • The Optima Health Vantage HMO covers the flu vaccine as a preventive care benefit at 100% when members go to a participating pharmacy. If members need assistance finding a location, they may contact the Optima Health Member services number on the back of their member ID card. 

Capitol Square Healthcare

Capitol Square Healthcare logoCapitol Square Healthcare is providing regular and high dose flu shots onsite. Make your appointment at www. capitolsquarehealthcare.com. To schedule an appointment contact (844) 342-1791. Same-day appointments are available. Bring your health plan ID card and your state employee badge. Non- Medicare retiree plan participants and covered dependents need to bring their health plan ID card and a valid driver’s license or other valid Identification.  


Health Plan or Status Charges
COVA HealthAware
Same-day appointments available
No cost for vaccine

Kaiser Permanente HMO
Optima Health Vantage HMO
TRICARE supplement
No state health coverage
Wage employees 
Same-day appointments available
Pay actual cost of vaccine

Questions and Answers


COVA HealthAware Q&A

Flu Shot Program Flyer

Capitol Square Healthcare Flyer

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