Carnegie Mellon University

Flu Vaccination Program

Protect yourself this flu season by getting a no-cost flu vaccination. Carnegie Mellon's flu vaccination program is hosted by the Office of Human Resources and administered by Giant Eagle Pharmacy.

To ensure faculty and staff members have access to flu vaccinations during the current emergency and campus restrictions, we are adjusting the location of the program for 2020. Instead of attending an on-campus clinic this year, faculty and staff members can get a flu shot at any Giant Eagle Pharmacy location in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia or Frederick, Maryland. Find a Giant Eagle Pharmacy or view Giant Eagle Pharmacy Locations by State and Zip Code [xlsx]. The Flu Vaccination Program will be in place from September 1 through December 31, 2020.

The university is covering the cost of the vaccine for faculty and staff members. As an added incentive, employees who are vaccinated at a Giant Eagle Pharmacy location are eligible to receive $5 off their next visit to Giant Eagle. You must present your Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the pharmacy to receive the $5 credit.* 

  1. Print the 2020 Influenza Administration Form [pdf] prior to coming to the pharmacy.
    1. Complete and sign only the first page of the form; the pharmacy team will complete the second page.
    2. If you are unable to print, forms will be available at the pharmacy.
  2. Go to the drop-off counter at the Giant Eagle Pharmacy of your choice.
    1. You MUST wear a mask or face covering and adhere to social distancing guidelines to receive your vaccination.
    2. Wearing short-sleeved clothing is recommended.
    3. Bring your Giant Eagle Advantage Card to receive a $5 grocery shopping trip reward.
  3. Present your CMU ID card and completed Influenza Administration Form to the pharmacy employee.
  4. Get your temperature taken by an infrared no touch forehead thermometer.
    1. Temperature must be below 100◦ F to receive a vaccination. If your temperature is at or above 100◦ F you will be referred to a medical provider for further evaluation.
    2. If you have signs or symptoms of COVID-19 or any similar symptoms, or if you have been around someone with COVID-19, you will be referred to a medical provider for further evaluation. You cannot return for a vaccination for 14 days.
  5. A pharmacy employee will process a prescription for the appropriate flu vaccination. Carnegie Mellon University will be billed directly; there is no cost to you.
  6. A pharmacy employee will scan your Giant Eagle Advantage Card at the pharmacy register, and your $5 credit will be loaded onto your card within 48 hours.*
  7. If you do not receive your $5 in free groceries or you have trouble receiving your flu shot please contact the clinical pharmacist Kristal Ross at 412-401-1909 or Kristal.Ross@gianteagle.com.

Do I have to be benefits-eligible to receive a flu vaccine?
No. Flu vaccinations are available to all faculty and staff members, regardless of benefits eligibility status or health plan participation.

Can my family member(s) get vaccinated at Giant Eagle Pharmacy?
Family members of CMU faculty and staff are able to get a flu vaccination on their insurance plan. Most insurance plans (Highmark, UPMC, Aetna, Cigna) cover the flu vaccination at no charge. Minimum age requirements for vaccination at Giant Eagle Pharmacy vary by state.

I can't make it to a Giant Eagle Pharmacy location. What other options do I have for getting vaccinated?
If you participate in a CMU health plan, the vaccine is covered at 100% at your doctor's office. Depending on your plan, you may be eligible for reimbursement for a vaccine received at another venue. Call your health plan provider for more information.

U.S. faculty and staff members based outside of the Pittsburgh area may contact longmirs@andrew.cmu.edu to request a voucher to receive a flu shot at a CVS pharmacy.

I rarely get sick. Why should I get vaccinated?
An annual seasonal flu vaccination is the best way to reduce your risk of getting sick with seasonal flu and spreading it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community. Learn more about the seasonal flu vaccine from the Centers for Disease Control.

Where can I learn more about the flu and the flu vaccine?
See Influenza: Questions and Answers [pdf] for detailed information about the disease and vaccines. 

  • If you have questions about the CMU flu vaccination program that were not addressed above, contact Stephanie Longmire: longmirs@andrew.cmu.edu or 412-268-2047.
  • If you do not receive your $5 Giant Eagle credit or you have trouble receiving your flu shot, contact Kristal Ross: Kristal.Ross@gianteagle.com or 412-401-1909.
*By using your Advantage Card at Giant Eagle Pharmacy, you are agreeing to Giant Eagle’s Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.