Free Flu Shot Available to all Ontarians in NovemberPublished on October 19, 2021
To keep Ontarians healthy this flu season and preserve hospital capacity as Ontario continues to respond to the fourth wave of COVID-19, this government has launched one of the largest flu immunization campaigns in the province’s history.
Building on last year’s success, Ontario is investing over $89 million to purchase over 7.6 million flu vaccine doses this year, which is 1.4 million more than last year. This includes a total of 1.8 million doses specifically for seniors.
To protect the most vulnerable, Ontario’s initial supply of flu vaccine was prioritized those who are most at risk for complications from the flu. Starting in November, the flu shot will be available to all Ontarians through doctor and nurse practitioner offices, participating pharmacies, and public health units. To further improve convenience and access to the flu shot, pharmacies will receive approximately 40 per cent of the allocated doses, up from 36 per cent last year.
The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) now recommends that COVID-19 vaccines may be given at the same time as the flu vaccine. If someone if receiving their flu shot and still has yet to receive a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, now is the time.
Each flu season, Ontario receives its supply of flu vaccine in multiple shipments from manufacturers over several months starting in mid- to late September based on the allocation schedule negotiated by the federal government with the manufacturers. Ontarians are encouraged to be patient as it may take time for shipments to arrive to their local flu shot locations.
The annual flu shot is the best defence against the flu this season. As we head into the fall and begin gathering indoors more often with family and friends, it is even more important for Ontarians to get their flu shot, in addition to following public health measures, to protect themselves and those around them.
Learn about Ontario's response to Flu Season: www.ontario.ca/flu