The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with Walgreens Pharmacies to disseminate vouchers for free flu shots to 350,000 eligible uninsured and underserved people in 15 markets across the country. Seattle is one of these markets and Public Health has received 15,000 vouchers to distribute across King County.
Public Health is hoping community partners will help distribute these free flu vaccine vouchers to people who need them. Here is more information about the program:
- The free flu vaccine vouchers are good for one flu shot (age 9 and older) at any Walgreens pharmacy in the U.S. through April 15, 2011.
- Public Health is using a multi-prong strategy to distribute the free flu vaccine vouchers including Public Health programs and clinics, community based organizations and faith based organizations.
- Public Health will be required to report back on the number of vouchers distributed so programs will need to keep track of this in King County. Therefore, organizations will be required to track the number of vouchers they distribute and report the information back to Public Health. Public Health will use Surveymonkey to collect this information from participating entities toward the end of the project period in late April.
- An information sheet that accompanies the vouchers is being translated into Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Chinese (traditional) and Ukrainian. HHS has already translated it into Spanish.
To indicate your agency’s interest and to sign up for this project, please complete this very brief survey as soon as possible. If you are unable to commit to this effort but want your clients to benefit from this opportunity, all Public Health Centers will have the vouchers available for pick up at the reception desk by the first week of January 2011.