Guidance on the delivery of influenza vaccine during COVID-19

Advisory Alert

September 8, 2020

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To: Local health system partners


Reducing the burden of influenza is particularly important this fall and winter to prevent an increase in health care utilization alongside of a potential resurgence of COVID-19 activity. In its seasonal influenza vaccine statement for 2020-2021, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) advises that priority should be given to providing influenza vaccine to persons at high risk of influenza complications and those capable of transmitting infection to them.

I am sending you this Advisory Alert to share key recommendations from a recent document entitled Guidance for Influenza Vaccine Delivery in the Presence of COVID-19, developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada in consultation with the Canadian Immunization Committee and NACI. Below are recommendations for planning your fall influenza vaccination clinics and services. For more ideas, I encourage you to review the full document:

This fall, please consider immunization strategies that maximize vaccine uptake while safeguarding the health of your patients, your staff, and yourself.

Consider a range of strategies to deliver influenza vaccine with the goals of:

Ensure the following infection prevention and control practices are implemented in your delivery setting:

This year, the demand for influenza vaccine may be higher than usual and may start earlier in the season. In anticipation of this, please also consider your patient communication strategies. Knowing when and how to expect vaccine services and understanding the measures you are taking to ensure their safety may deflate patient fears and reduce the number of calls to your office. This can be done through voice recordings or phone calls, advance email or text messaging, and your website and social media platforms.

You will be receiving your influenza vaccine order form in the coming weeks as we learn of our vaccine allotment from the Ministry of Health. In the meantime, please contact the Immunization Program at 705.522.9200, ext. 458 with any questions you may have.


Original Signed By

Dr. Penny Sutcliffe
Medical Officer of Health and Chief Executive Officer

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This item was last modified on September 8, 2020