VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — While some people have experienced long waits for flu shots, doctors are offering assurance that there will be enough and there is still time to get vaccinated.
In order to ease the burden on the health-care system that will be dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and the flu season at the same time, doctors and the provincial health officer have urged British Columbians who want the vaccine to get it this year.
NEWS 1130 reached out to several pharmacies in the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions and found no supply issues.
Some pharmacies had walk-in availability, a few required an appointment, while others expected hour-long waits.
Dr. Meena Dawar, with Vancouver Coastal Health, says flu clinics are opening this month to give people more options.
“The campaign is just getting launched, so my message to anyone trying to find a flu shot is, hold tight. Influenza virus has not yet arrived in the community so there’s lots of time to get a flu shot.”
Dawar recommends checking with family physicians first to see if they are offering flu shots, as well as local pharmacies.
She says the vaccine is starting to be distributed, and by November, the flu shot campaign will be in full swing.
As of Thursday, the province says it has received and distributed1,627,255 doses of the vaccine.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, again confirmed there haven’t been any problems with getting the vaccines to B.C., but noted more are on the way on Thursday.
The ideal time to get the flu shot is in late October and early November, she said.
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