Dr. Bonnie says more flu vaccine coming in a few weeks
By Brian Kieran, WTG editor
In Victoria, what’s the difference between flu vaccine and hens’ teeth? There is no difference.
I got my shot in the arm a few days ago from an IDA pharmacist on Burnside who told me he was down to his last four doses. I had called several pharmacies in the James Bay/downtown area and everyone was out.
Fact is, most, pharmacies in Greater Victoria have run out of flu shots and say they are hoping for additional supplies soon. Soon could be two to three weeks.
The demand has been driven by health officials, like Island Health Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Richard Stanwick, urging folks to get the shots so that the health care system does not become overwhelmed by a large flu outbreak in the midst of a worsening COVID-19 pandemic.
Late this past week, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry urged calm, promising there will be enough flu shots for everyone. She said more flu vaccine is expected over the next few weeks.
“The vaccine is coming,” Henry said. “We know we have lots of it and it’s being distributed around the province, so make that appointment. Call your family physician, if you have one. Call the clinic.”
Henry said the best time to get the shot is actually the end of October, or early November, thus providing the best hope of protection for the entire flu season which is expected to take hold in November.
Island Health has set up a special web page “Where can I get a flu shot.” It lists every pharmacy and health unit administering the shots. It also has links to more information about the flu.