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Coronavirus: B.C. government buying nearly 2 million flu vaccine doses amid COVID-19 pandemic | FULL

CA, 10 Sep 2020
British Columbia Premier John Horgan said on Wednesday that the government is continuing to fight COVID-19 by first attacking the flu, and announced an enhanced fall flu immunization campaign through the purchase of 1,965,000 doses of the flu vaccine.

This is an additional 450,000 doses on top of what was already planned.

The announcement was made alongside provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix.

B.C. health officials are worried the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with a fall flu season, will lead to an overwhelming strain the health-care system. When discussing the flu vaccine, Henry said, “we know it works well and is a way to keep people healthy and helps reduce those having symptoms that could be confused with COVID."

But, the province will not be requiring the vaccine, and public health is still looking at how to distribute it. The goal will be to focus on public health clinics, doctors’ offices and potentially workplaces as places where the vaccine can be accessed.

The province has allocated about $784 million to implement the plan with a focus on increased health capacity.

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