Flu shots ready for general public next month, Elliott says

Elliott said the jabs are now available for people most at risk for complications

National Post Staff 1 minute read October 19, 2021

FILE: Pharmacist administers a flu shot in Ottawa. Julie Oliver / Postmedia

Get ready to roll up your sleeves again: Flu shots will be ready for Ontarians as of Nov. 1, Health Minister Christine Elliott said Tuesday.

The minister announced that the province has purchased 7.6 million flu vaccine doses for $89 million.

Hospital patients and long-term care residents and hospital patients have been able to get the shot since last month.

Elliott said the jabs are now available for people most at risk for complications, including seniors, children younger than five and over six months, pregnant women, and those with health conditions such as asthma, heart disease or diabetes.

Starting next month, the general popular can get the shot at pharmacies and health units, and at doctor and nurse practitioner offices.

The minister noted that close to 40 per cent of the population got flu shots last year, compared with the usual 30 per cent level in pre-COVID-19 seasons.