The flu vaccine is expected to be more popular than usual this year as people focus on their health in light of COVID-19, and as public health authorities warn us of the double impact on the health care system of COVID-19 and the influenza season.
UC employees, staff, and students – those on site – have been directed to get the flu vaccine this year by November 1.
Berkeley Lab employees working on site are also encouraged to have a flu vaccine by November 1. This health and safety measure is an extension of the Lab’s Health Pledge that protects your own health, the health of your colleagues, and the health of your community.
Those on site will also need to continue to follow the guidelines of wearing a face cover, washing their hands, and staying at least 6 feet apart. What works for COVID works for the seasonal flu.
If the number of flu cases in the community can be reduced, it will help to better identify illnesses that may be COVID-19 and not overburden the health system.
The Lab’s EHS Division will provide approximately 1,100 flu vaccine doses to Lab employees who are working on site, roughly the same number of doses available last year. There will be on-site flu vaccination clinics for employees in mid-September. This will include at least one clinic at JBEI.
Teleworking employees cannot come on site for a flu vaccine. Flu shots may be obtained at many drug stores CVS, and by checking the Find a Flu shot website for a location near you.