Oakville and Milton residents can now get COVID booster, flu shots from local pharmacies

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Published November 8, 2023 at 9:20 am

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With the cold weather now upon us outbreaks of the flu and other viral ailments – including COVID-19 – will not be far behind and health officials are urging residents of Oakville and Milton to get their COVID vaccine booster and flu shot.

Both shots can be done at the same time and are available for free at participating pharmacies, via primary care providers and through local public health units.

“With the expected co-circulation of influenza, COVID-19 and RSV (respiratory virus) over the fall and winter, I encourage Ontarians to get their COVID-19 vaccine and flu shot as soon as they can,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, the provincial Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Especially those who are elderly, immunocompromised, or have medical conditions that make you particularly susceptible to harm from respiratory illnesses.”

The new COVID-19 vaccines now available are specifically designed to target the XBB variant and were approved by Health Canada earlier this fall. Health Canada and Ontario Health Minister Sylvia Jones both recommend that people be up to date on their vaccinations to stay safe and healthy during the respiratory illness season.

All Ontarians six months and older can receive their next COVID-19 dose if it has been a recommended six months since their last dose or confirmed COVID-19 infection.  Children six months to two years old must get their flu shot from a doctor, a nurse practitioner or a local public health unit.

There are 22 participating pharmacies in Milton, including Main & Bronte Pharmacy on Bronte Street and Bonafide Compounding Pharmacy on Leger Way. There are 47 pharmacies in Oakville giving out COVID-19 shots, including Ford Drive Pharmacy on Ford Drive, Joshua Creek Pharmacy on Ironoak Way and nine Shopper’s Drug Mart locations.

To find out which pharmacies will be carrying the vaccines follow this link.

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