With a rise in the number of cases of respiratory illnesses such as flu and RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), health officials are encouraging British Columbians to protect themselves and those around them by getting both their influenza and COVID-19 vaccines.
Both vaccines are once again free and available for everyone six months and older, including enhanced influenza vaccines for seniors. The enhanced vaccines provide better protection for those most at risk of severe illness and complications due to a natural weakening of the immune system that comes with age.
Those registered with the provincial Get Vaccinated system automatically received an invitation to book both their influenza and COVID-19 vaccinations online when they become due.
While this is the most efficient way to get vaccinated, vaccines will also be available in many participating pharmacies and health-authority clinics. And for the first time, some doctors’ and Nurse Practitioners’ offices can offer COVID-19 vaccines to their patients, along with influenza immunizations. Connect directly with your primary-care provider to see if they will be participating.
According to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI), it is safe for anyone six months of age and older to get their seasonal influenza vaccine and their COVID-19 vaccine at the same time.
Getting immunized is the best defense against the flu and COVID-19 viruses. It’s also the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones, and the health care system. Do your part and #GetYourShots. More information can be found on the government’s Respiratory Illness webpage.