2020 Flu Vaccination Program


Please see the latest information from PANL related to 2020 Flu Vaccination Program


This page was last updated September 22,  2020 at 9:35 a.m.


Newly Added

  • September 22, 2020 |   The upcoming flu vaccination program in NL pharmacies was the focus of the first story of the NTV Early Edition Monday, September 21. Check it out https://bit.ly/2FN0HeU
  • September 21, 2020 | Government Providing PPE for Universal Flu Vaccination Program
    The Department of Health and Community Services has advised that pharmacies participating in the 2020-21 Universal Flu Vaccination Program will be provided with PPE according to the national standard: masks and face shields. Details on ordering and/or distribution have not yet been made available. Please note that we are also waiting on answers to a number of questions related to consent, wait times, and fee per injection. PANL will share information as soon as we have it. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Collingwood at jcollingwood@panl.net.


PANL in the Media

September 22, 2020 | The upcoming flu vaccination program in NL pharmacies was the focus of the first story of the NTV Early Edition Monday, September 21. Check it out https://bit.ly/2FN0HeU


September 17, 2020 | VOCM article: FREE Flu Shots Available in Pharmacies

https://vocm.com/2020/09/17/free-flu-shots/


CPhA Statements and Activities

September 15, 2020 | CPhA Flu Immunization 2020-21 Page

CPhA has developed a number of resources related to the upcoming flu season. Please be sure to check regularly :

https://www.pharmacists.ca/education-practice-resources/patient-care/influenza/?utm_source=panl&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=flu

September 15, 2020 | CPhA Flu Immunization 2020-21 Best Practices

CPhA has developed a suite of best practices related to the upcoming flu season.

https://www.pharmacists.ca/education-practice-resources/patient-care/influenza/influenza-2020-2021-suggested-best-practices-for-pharmacies/?utm_source=panl&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=flu

September 3, 2020 | Upcoming webinar: Preparing for Flu Season: Suggested Best Practices for Community Pharmacy

The next webinar in CPhA’s COVID Conversations series will take place on Thursday, September 10 from 1:00-2:30pm EDT. With an expected increase in patient demand for flu vaccinations this year and a possible second wave of COVID-19 predicted, community pharmacy is bracing for a challenging 2020/21 influenza season. Pharmacists are preparing now for how they will manage the additional time, tasks and supplies they will need to safely provide immunizations to their patients this fall, while protecting themselves and their staff. In this accredited webinar, host Shelita Dattani and a panel of pharmacists from across the country will discuss some key challenges and practical solutions and will walk through a series of case scenarios presenting different delivery options. Learn more and register on our website. (CCCEP file #: 8002-2020-3090-L-P, 1.5 CEUs)

August 12, 2020 | Canadians, pharmacists share concerns about flu immunizations

Canadians say they are more likely to get immunized against the flu this year because of COVID-19, according to a national survey of 1912 Canadians conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights. However, they are worried about their safety and how health care providers are going to manage physical distancing requirements, personal protective equipment (PPE) supply and use, and limits on the number of people allowed in a health care setting at one time. Pharmacists, who administered 3.2 million influenza immunizations in 2018-19, share many of the same concerns as the public as they gear up for flu season, according to a national survey of 1201 pharmacists conducted by CPhA. Specifically, pharmacists are concerned or very concerned about ensuring that a supply of disposable masks is available to patients if they don’t have one (79%); ensuring PPE is available for them and their staff (77%); and additional costs associated with additional cleaning measures, PPE, etc. (66%).

August 12, 2020 | CPhA Flu Working Group provides pharmacy perspective to PHAC flu guidance document

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has released its Guidance for Influenza Vaccine Delivery in the Presence of COVID-19. The purpose of this document is to provide guidance for the delivery of seasonal influenza vaccine in fall 2020, when ongoing COVID-19 activity may continue to stress public health capacity and affect clinic operations and attendance. CPhA’s national Flu Working Group provided a pharmacy perspective that has been reflected in the document, which will form the foundation for the CPhA-suggested operational best practices document currently in development.

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