October 2020: Premera & Kaiser Updates and Flu Shot Info

Kaiser Permanente offers more ways for members to get flu shots

The COVID-19 pandemic is still under way as we move into flu season. This year, more than ever, everyone who can get a flu shot needs to do so as soon as possible. The flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu and can reduce the risk of illness or hospitalization from the flu.

Our focus this year is on new ways to safely and conveniently deliver flu shots to our members. We’re offering extended hours and drive-up vaccination clinics at our medical facilities to help ensure members can maintain physical distancing requirements. For a limited time only, our members may also get a flu shot at multiple retail locations.

Getting a flu shot at a retail location

From October 17 through December 31, 2020, Kaiser Permanente members may get their flu shot at retail locations that include Albertsons, Costco, CVS, Fred Meyer, Haggen, Kroger, QFC, Rite Aid, Safeway, Save-on, Walgreens, and Walmart.

Kaiser Permanente has made arrangements with these retailers and pharmacies to provide flu shots at all of their locations at no cost to our members. Members who receive a flu shot from a designated retail location do not have to pay for the shot or file a claim. In addition, the member’s medical record will be updated to show that they received a flu shot for this year.

Members will need to show a photo ID and either a physical or digital Kaiser Permanente member ID card to access this service. Just knowing their membership number will not be enough.

This option is only for the flu shot. It is being offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the urgency of ensuring that everyone who can get a flu shot does so as soon as possible.

If members get a flu shot outside of their Kaiser Permanente provider network at a business not listed here, they may need to pay out-of-pocket for the vaccine and file a claim with Kaiser Permanente to get reimbursed.

For more information on the seasonal flu and how to get a flu shot at Kaiser Permanente, visit kp.org/wa/flu-shot.

Premera Flu Shot Information

Protect your health with an annual flu shot. Getting a flu shot is one of the best ways to protect yourself from getting sick. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), everyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. The flu virus changes every year, so you should get the vaccine each year.

The CDC recommends getting the shot before the end of October. It can still be beneficial to get vaccinated into January or later. You can get a flu vaccination at almost any in-network pharmacy or doctor. If you go to an in-network doctor or pharmacy, your flu shot is free.*

*If the flu shot is your only reason for your office visit, the visit will be fully covered. If you have other care or services as part of the office visit, you may responsible for all or part of the cost of the visit. You may need to pay up-front at your pharmacy. Go to premera.com to download a medical claim form to submit for reimbursement.

Find an in-network doctor or pharmacy by visiting premera.com and using the Find a Doctor tool.