Where to get vaccinated

Everyone six months of age and older should be vaccinated against the flu every year. It is also important for people to be immunized against several other vaccine-preventable diseases. Different Immunization recommendations exist for infants/children preteens/teens and adults.

School flu vaccination clinics

School flu vaccination clinics are organized for students in kindergarten through grade 12. There is no out-of-pocket charge to be vaccinated. Insurance information will be collected from people who are insured. However, no one will be turned away for a lack of insurance.

Clinics for high school students are during the school day. Clinics for younger children are in the evening. Most evening clinics are open to family and community members. (Children must be 3 years old and older to be vaccinated.) more

Other places to be vaccinated against the flu

Doctors' offices

Children and adults in Rhode Island can be vaccinated against the flu by their doctors.

Pharmacies

Adults can be vaccinated against the flu at pharmacies. Some pharmacies also vaccinate children who are 9 years of age and older. Contact your local pharmacy to find out if your child can be vaccinated there against the flu.

Community vaccination clinics

Many community clinics are open to children and adults. There is no charge for a flu shot at these community clinics. People are not required to have health insurance either. However, people with insurance are asked to bring their insurance cards. Please visit the Ocean State Immunization Collaborative's website for a list of upcoming community clinics.

Vaccination venues for people with egg allergies

People with egg allergies can be vaccinated at Passport Health or by David Katzen, M.D. at Allergy and Asthma Associates, Inc. Dr. Katzen will vaccinate non-patients, however office visit copays and deductibles will apply. Individuals will be required to schedule an office visit, which entails a brief physical and medical history review.

Places to be vaccinated against other vaccine-preventable diseases

Children

Doctors' offices

Rhode Island pediatricians and family physicians provide recommended childhood immunizations.

St. Joseph - Immunization Walk-in Clinic for Children

Uninsured children through the age of 18 can be immunized at no cost. Insured children who do not have a primary care provider can receive immunizations. Please bring all immunization information to the visit. The clinic is located at 21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4359.

Walk-in's are welcome on the following dates and at the following times:

  • Monday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
  • Tuesday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
  • Wednesday: 12 - 6 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
  • Friday: Closed

High Schools

Vaccinate Before You Graduate is a program that provides vaccinations to all students in grades 9 through 12 in Rhode Island schools. The following vaccines are available to students through Vaccinate Before You Graduate: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), flu, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), meningitis (MCV4), meningococcal serogroup B (Men B), polio, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), and varicella.

Adults

Doctors' offices and pharmacies

Adults can be immunized by against some vaccine-preventable diseases at doctors' offices and pharmacies. Contact your doctor or local pharmacy to learn more.

St. Joseph - Immunization Walk-in Clinic for Adults

Adults who are uninsured, or who have insurance that does not cover immunizations, can be vaccinated at the clinic. The clinic is located at 21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4321.

Walk-in's are welcome on the following dates and at the following times:

  • Monday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
  • Tuesday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
  • Wednesday: 12 - 6 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM - 4:30 PM (Closed 12 - 1:00 PM)
  • Friday: Closed

Adult immunization centers

Women and Infants Hospital

Tdap and pneumococcal vaccine are available free-of-charge in the lobby of Women and Infants Hospital every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4 - 8 PM. Tdap protects against pertussis, in addition to tetanus and diphtheria. Pneumococcal vaccine protects against pneumococcal disease.