If you live or work in Contra Costa County, it's easy to get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 test at the same time.
Contra Costa Health Services
' community flu vaccine sites are still open, and many of them are located at the same places where COVID-19 tests are offered.
Many sites are now offering Saturday hours including at the county's West County Health Center, 13061 San Pablo Avenue in San Pablo. This is a drive-thru site, open Monday to Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, and Saturdays 8 am to noon.
No appointments, doctor's orders or symptoms are required to get a COVID-19 test. You can make an appointment if you prefer. COVID-19 tests and flu vaccines are free, though if you have insurance, your provider will be billed.
These services are open to people regardless of immigration status, and information will never be shared with ICE.
A second flu vaccine and COVID-19 test site in West County is outside the Richmond City Hall, on Nevin Avenue. This site offers walk-in and drive-thru services, Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 3:30 pm.
A COVID-19 walk-up testing only site (no flu vaccines) is in North Richmond at 1547 2nd Street, open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 4 pm.
- For details on all of the county's COVID-19 tests sites, check the testing webpage.
- For details on the county's flu vaccine sites, check the flu webpage.
Health officials are concerned about a "twindemic" of flu and COVID-19. People with serious flu
or COVID-19 may need hospitalization, and health systems are bracing for patients who have both at the same time.
Flu season in the Bay Area tends to peak in January or February, but it can be unpredictable - which is why it's best to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Influenza and COVID-19 are respiratory illnesses with similar symptoms, such as congestion, cough and fever. People who have these symptoms should get tested for COVID-19 right away, to help narrow down a diagnosis.
County health officials recommend monthly COVID-19 testing for all essential workers, and anyone who has regular close contact with people outside of their immediate household, even if you don't have symptoms.
It's also important for all of us to keep wearing face coverings in public, wash our hands frequently, and stay home when sick.
Thank you for helping to keep our community healthy!