As with almost everything this year, COVID-19 has changed the way that Ottawa Public Health (OPH) can conduct their public influenza clinics. Now more then ever, it is highly important to get your flu-shot, and this year OPH needs to ensure that their clinic venues follow COVID-19 safety protocols. As such, OPH influenza clinics are by appointment only (online and telephone) and will be held at six fixed sites that are open seven days a week, during the days and evenings.
Here are the locations of these clinics:
- Notre-Dame-Des-Champs, 3659 Navan Road, Navan
- Ottawa Public Library-Orleans Branch, 1705 Orleans Blvd., Orleans
- Lansdowne – Horticulture Building, 1525 Princess Patricia, Ottawa
- Mary Pitt Centre, 100 Constellation Dr., Nepean
- Chapman Mills Community Building, 424 Chapman Mills Drive, Barrhaven
- Eva James Memorial Centre, 65 Stonehaven Drive, Kanata
OPH is also working in close partnership with pharmacies and physician offices, as well as community agencies to serve populations that may face certain barriers. A map of participating pharmacies is available at www.ottawapublichealth.ca/flu. Also new this year, is that pharmacies are able to provide high dose vaccine for seniors 65+, in addition to the standard dose vaccine.
Another option to get your flu-shot is with the joint “OPH-community physician clinics” where there will be an opportunity for primary care providers to immunize their patients. This collaboration will help address challenges some primary care providers are identifying with limitations to their office’s ability to handle influenza immunization in the time of COVID-19.
As well, OPH will be considering locations to host mobile clinics, and if you have a suggested location you would like to be considered, please contact my office, as I am happy to forward any suggested locations to OPH for their review.
More information about OPH’s influenza immunization campaign will be communicated by OPH and posted on www.OttawaPublicHealth.caas soon as more details have been finalized.