Champions for Health is providing free flu shots to ensure the health and safety of the community during the COVID-19 pandemic
This fall, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, is more critical than ever. Although flu vaccination is not related to COVID-19, it is vital to minimize the impact of respiratory illnesses and resulting burdens on the healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Oct. 4, Champions for Health (CFH) will provide free flu shot clinics across San Diego County in partnership with the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Epidemiology and Immunization Services program and United Healthcare.
"COVID-19 has impacted access to general medical care and increased the number of uninsured people in our community," said Adama Dyoniziak, Champions for Health executive director. "The combination of chronic disease and complications due to COVID will put many people at a higher risk of flu complications."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends getting a flu vaccination in September or October but getting vaccinated anytime during the flu season can help protect you. A flu vaccine may also provide several individual health benefits, including keeping you from getting sick with flu, reducing the severity of your illness if you do get flu, and reducing your risk of flu-associated hospitalization.
CFH will focus efforts on the underinsured, uninsured, essential workers, those who have lost their employer's health insurance, and anyone who may need it. CFH activates the local medical community to volunteer and assist in these events. The pop-up clinics will be a hybrid of drive-thru and walk-up, depending on the site.
Who is eligible?
Everyone qualifies, ages four years and up and pregnant women, to receive a flu shot. Nasal spray and high dose vaccine will not be available. No insurance is required. A mask is required at all flu shot locations.
October Flu Clinic Locations
|Oct. 4||10 a.m. to 2 p.m||Church of Resurrection, 1445 Conway Drive, Escondido, CA 92027|
|Oct. 6||10 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Neighborhood Healthcare, 16650 Hwy 76, Pauma Valley, CA 92061|
|Oct. 7||Noon to 4:30 p.m.||Northgate Market, 1150 E. Vista Way, Vista, CA 92084|
|Oct. 9||8 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Mexican Consulate, 1549 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101|
|Oct. 10||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Grossmont Healthcare District, 9001 Wakarusa Street, La Mesa, CA 91942|
|Oct. 11||7:30 to 11:30 a.m.||Northgate Market, 5403 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105|
|Oct. 13||8 to 11:30 a.m.||Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 2020 Alaquinas Drive, San Ysidro, CA 92173|
|Oct. 14||Noon to 4:30 p.m.||Northgate Market, 606 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92025|
|Oct. 16||Noon to 4 p.m.||Wakeland Housing, 201 Country Club Lane, Oceanside, CA 92054|
|Oct. 17||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Jamul Elementary School, 14567 Lyons Valley Road, Jamul, CA 91935|
|Oct. 18||7:30 to 11:30 a.m.||Northgate Market, 1058 3rd Ave., Chula Vista, CA 91911|
|Oct. 19||11 a.m. to 2 p.m.||Grossmont College, 8800 Grossmont College Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020|
|Oct. 21||Noon to 4:30 p.m.||Northgate Market, 1410 S. 43rd Street, San Diego, CA 92113|
|Oct. 24||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||Volunteers in Medicine, 1457 E. Madison Ave., El Cajon, CA 92019|
|Oct. 25||7:30 to 11:30 a.m.||Northgate Market, 1346 S. Mission Road, Fallbrook, CA 92028|
|Oct. 26||10 a.m. to 4 p.m.||Grossmont Health Occupations Center, 9368 Oakbourne Road, Santee, CA 92071|
|Oct. 28||Noon to 4:30 p.m.||Northgate Market, 2909 Coronado Ave., San Diego, CA 92154|
|Oct. 31||9 a.m. to 1 p.m.||James and St. Leo's, 936 Genevieve Street, Solana Beach, CA 92075|
Flu clinics will run October 2020 to March 2021.