This year’s flu campaign will be largest ‘in Ontario history’: province

News Sep 22, 2020 by Veronica Appia Toronto.com

The Ontario government has announced a more robust flu campaign this year, in an effort to keep up with future healthcare demands amid COVID-19.

The campaign is part of the province’s larger plan for the fall, called Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, which is to be released "in the coming days."

"It's important that we prepare for any scenario in order to protect all of our citizens, especially our seniors and most vulnerable,” Premier Doug Ford said on Sept. 22. “Our government is doing everything it can to defeat this deadly virus, including delivering an unprecedented flu shot campaign to maintain capacity in our hospitals."

The province has dedicated $70 million for the purchasing of more than 5 million flu vaccines this year, as well as $26.5 million for additional vaccines, if necessary.

This total includes more than $1 million higher-dosage flu shots for seniors.

The shots will be available in the next few weeks and can be accessed at doctor’s offices and public health units for those six months and older, as well as certain pharmacies for those five years and older.

Along with the flu campaign, which the government said will be the largest "in Ontario history,” the province’s plan will aim to maintain current COVID-19 health measures, such as expanded testing and contact tracing; as well as efforts to identify, manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks; reduce backlogs; prepare for increases in COVID-19 cases and hire and support health care workers.

Ontario to buy 5 million flu shots in largest campaign ever

2020 plan to cost $70 million

News Sep 22, 2020 by Veronica Appia Toronto.com

The Ontario government has announced a more robust flu campaign this year, in an effort to keep up with future healthcare demands amid COVID-19.

The campaign is part of the province’s larger plan for the fall, called Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, which is to be released "in the coming days."

"It's important that we prepare for any scenario in order to protect all of our citizens, especially our seniors and most vulnerable,” Premier Doug Ford said on Sept. 22. “Our government is doing everything it can to defeat this deadly virus, including delivering an unprecedented flu shot campaign to maintain capacity in our hospitals."

The province has dedicated $70 million for the purchasing of more than 5 million flu vaccines this year, as well as $26.5 million for additional vaccines, if necessary.

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This total includes more than $1 million higher-dosage flu shots for seniors.

The shots will be available in the next few weeks and can be accessed at doctor’s offices and public health units for those six months and older, as well as certain pharmacies for those five years and older.

Along with the flu campaign, which the government said will be the largest "in Ontario history,” the province’s plan will aim to maintain current COVID-19 health measures, such as expanded testing and contact tracing; as well as efforts to identify, manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks; reduce backlogs; prepare for increases in COVID-19 cases and hire and support health care workers.

Ontario to buy 5 million flu shots in largest campaign ever

2020 plan to cost $70 million

News Sep 22, 2020 by Veronica Appia Toronto.com

The Ontario government has announced a more robust flu campaign this year, in an effort to keep up with future healthcare demands amid COVID-19.

The campaign is part of the province’s larger plan for the fall, called Keeping Ontarians Safe: Preparing for Future Waves of COVID-19, which is to be released "in the coming days."

"It's important that we prepare for any scenario in order to protect all of our citizens, especially our seniors and most vulnerable,” Premier Doug Ford said on Sept. 22. “Our government is doing everything it can to defeat this deadly virus, including delivering an unprecedented flu shot campaign to maintain capacity in our hospitals."

The province has dedicated $70 million for the purchasing of more than 5 million flu vaccines this year, as well as $26.5 million for additional vaccines, if necessary.

Related Content

This total includes more than $1 million higher-dosage flu shots for seniors.

The shots will be available in the next few weeks and can be accessed at doctor’s offices and public health units for those six months and older, as well as certain pharmacies for those five years and older.

Along with the flu campaign, which the government said will be the largest "in Ontario history,” the province’s plan will aim to maintain current COVID-19 health measures, such as expanded testing and contact tracing; as well as efforts to identify, manage and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks; reduce backlogs; prepare for increases in COVID-19 cases and hire and support health care workers.