FLU-SHOT CAMPAIGN – SEPTEMBER 23 2020

Libby Znaimer is joined by Dean Miller, a Toronto-based pharmacist, Dr. Nadia Alam, a family doctor and anesthetist based in Georgetown, Ontario and Dr. Robert Kingstone, a family doctor in Toronto.

The Ford government announced a $70-million flu shot campaign for the province, yesterday, as part one of its COVID-19 response strategy. It’s part of the larger effort to confront a second wave. Premier Ford said that 5.1 million vaccine doses were ordered (700,000 more than last year) including 1.3 million high dose flu shots. We also know that, this year, high-dose flu shots will be available at certain pharmacies. They are, of course, reserved for Seniors 65 years of age and older. Those at higher risk will get first priority and early distribution will be made available to residents of long-term care, retirement homes and those in hospital care. Ontario has been seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks and there is a concern now that we are seeing flu season overlapping with the pandemic. Libby and our health experts weigh in on the latest.