Important Reminder on Flu Shots

October 02, 2020

Dear GW Community: 

As we continue to work hard to keep our GW community safe, we want to remind everyone that the seasonal influenza virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 will both likely be circulating this fall and winter. We do not know very much about how the two viruses interact, but we do know that both have the potential to cause serious illness or death.

The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get a yearly flu vaccine, and medical experts have suggested that it is one of the more effective ways to stay healthy throughout the fall and winter.

Accordingly, we are requiring our on-campus cohort to receive the flu vaccine this year and strongly encourage all members of our community to do the same.

Community members who are not approved for campus access may use their university-sponsored medical plan to receive a flu shot from primary care physicians, area pharmacies and convenience/urgent care clinics, usually at no cost. For those who are not covered by a university-sponsored medical plan, you should verify costs with your health insurance company. Most plans will cover the full cost of seasonal flu shots.

We recommend that you retain proof of your flu vaccination in the event you are authorized to be on-campus at some point this academic year. To gain access, you will need to demonstrate that you have received the flu vaccine.

No matter whether you are on-campus or are studying or working remotely, we thank you for your assistance in helping our GW community remain safe and healthy.


Scott Burnotes
Vice President for Safety and Facilities

Lynn Goldman
Dean, Milken Institute School of Public Health

M.L. “Cissy” Petty
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

M. Brian Blake
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dana Bradley
Vice President and Chief People Officer