As the holiday travel season approaches, Ontario is making it easier and more convenient for people to protect themselves before travelling, by expanding the number of vaccines available in pharmacies across the province.
Starting December 15, Ontario pharmacists will be able to administer additional vaccines to protect against 13 preventable diseases. This includes common travel vaccines for diseases such as Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Rabies. In addition, the flu vaccine will continue to be administered by pharmacists, free of charge.
For many patients, pharmacies are a convenient alternative to doctors’ offices, travel clinics or other clinics. Pharmacies are located throughout the province, offering extended hours of operation at night and on weekends.
Making it easier for Ontarians to access vaccines supports the government's plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.
“Pharmacists across the province play an important role in helping Ontarians stay healthy through immunization. Thanks to their success providing people the flu shot, we are now inviting them to deliver the additional vaccines being announced today. This is another way our government is making it easier for people to access the services they need.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Immunization plays a key role in keeping people healthy by providing a safe and effective way to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. This change will allow pharmacists to administer more vaccines. It will make it easier and more convenient for Ontarians to get the vaccines they need to guard against disease and maintain good health.”
— Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health
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