The Ministry of Health ordered 36.5 per cent more vaccine doses to prepare for the increased demand than past years.
“We’re expecting it to be pretty crazy,” said PAS CEO Dawn Martin.
“Our pharmacies and pharmacists are prepared as much as they can be given the fact that they’re doing this within a pandemic situation.”
Martin advises people to call their pharmacy ahead of time, as some might offer walk-in flu shots, while others may only take appointments.
She said people should ask about the safety protocols in place at the pharmacy, and be prepared to wear a mask. She said pharmacies opened additional clinics to help meet demand.
“Be as patient as you can because this is an exceptional year for all the providers out there trying to get this vaccination into everybody’s arms,” Martin said.
Pharmacists advise wearing a short-sleeve shirt to limit touching when getting the shot.
Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you need to know:
Symptoms can include fever, cough and difficulty breathing — very similar to a cold or flu. Some people can develop a more severe illness. People most at risk of this include older adults and people with severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.
To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend frequent handwashing and coughing into your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others, staying home as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two metres from other people if you go out. In situations where you can’t keep a safe distance from others, public health officials recommend the use of a non-medical face mask or covering to prevent spreading the respiratory droplets that can carry the virus.
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