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Where To Get a Free Flu Shot in NYC in 2021-2022?

Alyssa Corso
Alyssa Corso15 Oct 2021

While the flu vaccine does not protect you against getting COVID-19, it is possible to get the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Therefore, reduce your risk of getting the flu and the spread of coronavirus by getting the flu vaccine this flu season. It's especially imperative for pregnant women to get a flu vaccine. 

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Where to get a Free Flu Shot in NYC

Fort Greene Health Center

  • Address: 295 Flatbush Avenue Extension, Fifth Floor (corner of Willoughby Street and Flatbush Avenue Extension, near the Fulton Mall and Long Island University)
  • Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Public Transportation Directions: Take the A, C, or F trains to Jay Street, the 2,3,4 or 5 trains to Nevins Street, the R, Q, or B trains to DeKalb Avenue, or the A, C, or G trains to Hoyt - Schermerhorn.

Be sure to bring your vaccination record and insurance information with you to the clinic.

The Fort Greene walk-in immunization clinic provides immunizations recommended for children 4 years and older, teens and adults, including:

  • Vaccines for Children (ages 4 to 18 years)
    • Flu vaccine
    • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis combination vaccines (DTaP, and Tdap)
    • Tetanus and diphtheria vaccine (Td)
    • Haemophilus influenza type b vaccine (Hib, for children age 4)
    • Hepatitis A vaccine
    • Hepatitis B vaccine
    • Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV)
    • Inactivated polio vaccine (for children through age 17)
    • Measles, mumps, and rubella combination vaccine (MMR)
    • Meningococcal vaccine
    • Pneumococcal vaccine
    • Varicella vaccine
  • Vaccines for Adults
    • Flu vaccine (standard and high-dose flu vaccines)
    • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis combination vaccine (Tdap)
    • Tetanus and diphtheria vaccine (Td)
    • Hepatitis A vaccine (for at-risk adults)
    • Hepatitis B vaccine (for at-risk adults)
    • Human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV, for adults through age 26)
    • Measles, mumps, and rubella combination vaccine (MMR)
    • Meningococcal vaccine (for at-risk adults)
    • Pneumococcal vaccine


All employees, dependents, and pre-Medicare retirees covered by City health benefits can get flu shots free of cost at a participating pharmacy.

There are also several neighborhood pharmacies that offer low-cost or free flu shots (with most insurance) such as:

  • Walgreens:  At Walgreens, flu shots are free to the patient with Medicare Part B and Medicaid in certain states.
  • CVS: Your flu shot may be free with medical insurance or Medicare Part B. There is no copayment unless required by your plan. Accepts cash, checks, and credit cards for flu shot costs. The seasonal vaccine is $39.99. High–dose vaccine is $69.99.
  • Rite Aid: Flu shots are at no cost with most insurances. You can also pay cash, flu shots start at $39.99.
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Your primary care doctor

If you're enrolled in a health insurance plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or another private insurance plan, your provider will cover the cost of the flu shot entirely. There will be no co-pay for your appointment, even if you did not reach your deductible.

Free Flu Shots For City Employees

If you are a city employee and concerned about being able to get a flu shot in New York City, you are able to receive a free flu vaccine through WorkWell NYC clinics. You can call your local health department for more information. They are available in all 5 boroughs:

WorkWell NYC clinics


Brooklyn Borough Hall

209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, NY



31 Chambers St., Manhattan, NY

Staten Island

130 Stuyvesant Pl., Staten Island, NY


DOHMH Gotham

42-09 28 St., LIC, NY


Bronx Borough President Office

851 Grand Concourse., Bronx, NY

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Another option to get a no-cost flu shot in NYC would be to get one at a participating pharmacy. All employees, dependents, and pre-Medicare retirees covered by City health benefits can get flu shots free of cost at a participating pharmacy here.

In-Network Physicians

All employees, dependents, and pre-Medicare retirees covered by City health benefits can get flu shots free of cost at an in-network physician’s office. Depending on your insurance plan, you may also receive access to a free or low-cost flu shot if you are not a City employee.

‍Free Flu Shots For Children

The New York City Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program is a federally funded program that supplies providers in private and public health care facilities throughout New York City with free vaccines for eligible children. Besides VFC, additional types of funding may be allocated to cover additional populations.

Alyssa Corso

Alyssa is a Senior Marketing Associate & Content Writer at Mira. She is passionate about educating others on how to affordably access healthcare.