Free flu vaccine available to all Ontarians in November, residents asked to continue wearing masks and respecting social distancing to help stop the spread

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Free flu vaccine available to all Ontarians in November, residents asked to continue wearing masks and respecting social distancing to help stop the spread


KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario government is launching one of the largest flu shots in the province’s history, with the flu shot available to all Ontarians starting in November.
“Our government is ready for flu season and is launching an even larger flu shot program this year to keep Ontarians healthy as we continue to respond to COVID-19,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Health. “It’s safe to get the COVID-19 vaccine and the flu shot at the same time, so if you get your flu shot and you still haven’t received a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine , now is the time. “

Officials say that last year, Ontarians’ uptake of the flu vaccine was the highest in recent history. The government is spending more than $ 89 million this year to purchase more than 7.6 million doses of the flu vaccine, 1.4 million more doses than last year. This includes a total of 1.8 million doses specifically intended for the elderly.

Ontario’s initial influenza vaccine supply has been prioritized for residents of long-term care homes and inpatients starting in September, and influenza vaccines are now available for the elderly and the elderly. other people most at risk of complications from the flu. Starting in November, the flu shot will be available to all Ontarians in physician and nurse practitioner offices, participating pharmacies and public health units. To further improve access and convenience of the influenza vaccine and based on demand in recent years, pharmacies will receive approximately 40 percent of allocated doses, up from 36 percent last year.

“The annual flu shot is the best defense against the flu this season,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “As we head into fall and start to gather indoors more often with family and friends, getting the flu shot is even more important, in addition to following public health measures. , to protect yourself and those around you. ”

Each influenza season, Ontario receives its supply of influenza vaccine in multiple shipments from manufacturers over several months, from mid-September to the end of September, according to a schedule negotiated between the federal government and manufacturers by province. The government says the distribution and ability of locations in Ontario to reorder an additional supply of influenza vaccine is based on the timing of manufacturers’ shipments and the resupply from the provincial supply.

Ontarians are encouraged to be patient as it may take time for shipments to arrive at their local flu shot locations.

To help stop the spread this fall, the government said, “Ontarians should continue to follow COVID-19 public health measures and advice in public places, including wearing a face covering. indoor, frequent hand washing and maintaining a physical distance from people outside their home. “

&nbspcrédit photo : William Brawley Day 59, Project 365 – 18.12.09 via photopin (licence)

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