Call on your MPP to improve our healthcare system in Ontario by allowing pharmacists to administer publicly-funded vaccines.
Did you know that in 2018, more than 1.2 million Ontarians trusted their pharmacist to give them their flu shot? Community healthcare programs that rely on highly-trained, local healthcare professionals like pharmacists provide convenient access to care for our friends, families and seniors. In fact, in a recent survey, 28 per cent of Ontarians indicated that they would not have been vaccinated had the flu shot pharmacy program not been made available to them.
Despite the fact that you can get your publicly-funded flu shot from your pharmacist, you can’t get any other publicly-funded vaccine from them. Seniors, for example, seeking immunization against shingles or parents looking for an HPV vaccination for their children, must seek out another healthcare provider to obtain a prescription, then head to the pharmacy for purchase of the vaccine, and finally return a second time to the prescriber for its administration. That’s both costly and time-consuming, and may lead people to forgo important immunizations.
Ontario’s pharmacists are highly-trained, knowledgeable, and trusted healthcare professionals, and they want to do more for their patients. They are already trained and qualified to administer vaccines and including them in the publicly-funded immunization program improves Ontarian’s access to the cost-free preventative care they deserve.