Ontario’s Provincial government passed a regulation in 2012 that allows Ontario pharmacists to be a part of Ontario’s Universal Influenza Immunization Program (UIIP). This regulation allows trained pharmacists to administer the publicly funded influenza vaccine to Ontarians who are five years of age and older. Our Health Unit is responsible for inspecting the vaccine fridges that house the influenza vaccine during the season and dispensing the publicly funded influenza vaccine to the participating local pharmacists.
Of the 67 pharmacists that participated in the 2013-2014 UIIP, a total of 42 responded to the survey. Respondents were asked to provide input in the following areas: services provided by the health unit, the cold chain inspection, the vaccine ordering process, and their experience with UIIP. Respondents were then given the opportunity to provide comments and suggestions. See the attached report for more details.