CHELSEA — The Health Department has closed Manhattan's only free public flu shot clinic for at least a year, officials confirmed.
The Chelsea Health Center, located at 303 Ninth Ave., was closed to residents last Friday for long-term renovations that are expected to begin early next year.
The clinic, which served over 20,000 people in 2010, offers the free flu shots in addition to other services.
"There's not another [Health and Mental Hygiene] clinic in the immediate vicinity," said Michaela Miller, a staffer with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's office, at a meeting of Community Board 4.
The department said it is currently referring patients to a similar clinic in Fort Greene at 295 Flatbush Ave., which also has an sexually transmitted disease and tuberculosis clinic.
"I mean, free is free," said Marlene Nordre, 28, who got a flu shot at the clinic last year and said she'll make the trek to Brooklyn this year. "If that means I have to get on the subway this time around, I guess it's worth the two bucks."