No drop-in immunization clinics amid pandemic, but IH says flu shots will still be available

Interior Health is clarifying the availability of this year’s flu shots, apologizing for any concerns and confusion a recent letter to its community vaccine providers has created.

IH will not proceed with its annual drop-in clinics for influenza immunization this fall, as the resulting gatherings of people would pose a risk of spreading COVID-19.

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Flu shots, however, will still be available this year.

People will be able to make appointments through public health, and IH will continue making flu shots available in pharmacies, travel clinics and primary care settings.

Community providers such as pharmacies and primary care offices provide 70 per cent of the immunizations in Interior Health as of last year, according to the health authority.

“We agree that it is even more important for people to get immunized this year given the current COVID-19 pandemic,” IH spokesperson Karl Hardt said.

“Our priority working with our partners is to ensure everyone who wants a flu shot this season will get it.”

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