ELIZABETH, NJ - As the flu season approaches, a new Union County flu shot drive -- focusing on residents without health insurance -- is set to get underway. The County is offering the series of free flu shot opportunities in local communities to help ensure that everyone has access to a free seasonal flu vaccine at a convenient location.

The free flu shot drive is set to visit Summit November 5.

Protection against seasonal flu is more important than ever before due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with public health experts warning of a possible 'twin-demic'.

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The free flu shot drive is open to Union County residents age four and up. Persons who have a fever, coughing, sneezing, or other signs of illness will not be admitted to a flu drive site. Residents who are experiencing symptoms of illness should check with their doctor. Persons with health insurance are advised to visit their local pharmacy or doctor’s office.

The following dates have been scheduled for the Union County flu shot drive. Each event will take place from 4 - 7 p.m. Participation is on a walk-up basis, first-come, first-served:

  • Oct. 1 – Elizabeth (Peterstown Community Center, 408 Palmer Street)
  • Oct. 8 – Plainfield (Plainfield Performing Arts Center, 1111 East 2nd Street)
  • Oct. 15 – Hillside (Hillside Community Center, 274 Hillside Avenue)
  • Oct. 22 – Roselle (Abraham Clark High School, 122 East 6th Street)
  • Oct. 29 – Westfield (location to be determined)
  • Nov. 5 – Summit (Summit Community Center, 100 Morris Avenue)
  • Nov. 12 – Linden (location to be determined)
  • Nov. 19 – Rahway (Rahway Recreation Center, 275 East Milton Street)

For additional updates visit the 'Upcoming Flu Drives' page on the County website, at ucnj.org.

The Union County flu shot drive is for seasonal flu vaccines only. There is no vaccine currently available for the COVID-19 virus.