💉It can't hurt. Well, only a bit of a poke! People are visiting one another more, and they suspect there will be some flu this year. Last year we had precious little. Flu shots are free in Canada. Some flu years are worse than others. [Influenza H1N1 is bad this winter: 2013/2014]
Firstly, I signed up for the Shoppers Drug Mart notifications. I'd signed up for a text alert for the COVID vax, so I thought this would work. An email arrived, the first wave were being vaxxed. The first wave consists of people over 65, as well as those with health issues, or caregivers: Check if you are eligible.
You'll note that the email, if you hover over it, says: "No appointment needed".
OK, I sent the email to JB and he agreed we were eligible. Me as caregiver (I'm not 65 until December!), him, as he's over 65. There was an online application, which JB did for us. Plugging in OHIP card numbers, for both of us, it then led to a screen for somesuch, and an application. It was onerous. He filled in the application online. (Remember this!)
So, when to go in? Probably sooner rather than later. Now there are all sorts of barriers to the store having a successful vaccine session. They need extra staff, they need the vaccine on hand, they need to control the people who appear. I wondered if JB should go in, he had a Rx to pick up, just to suss it all out.
I suggested we go in and get them, as they may run out. I was planning on bringing in goldfish on Thursday, but this needed to be done. (I did bring them in later that day: Bringing in the goldfish.) There are many who complained last year, including Perth's Dr. Drummond, who was sent 600 flu shots for 1500 patients. It appears to be the same this year. There is some sort of deal with the big box store, that leaves out the smaller stores and physicians.
I got dressed, and put on my face. (Selfie, you see!) It turns out they are doing appointments, and not doing walk-ins. She gave us an appointment for Saturday morning at 8:35. What a pain. I was so angry, and vented to poor JB. I looked good doing the goldfish!
Saturday, I woke up at 3:30, and didn't get back to sleep. We'd gone to be so early, I didn't want to take my sleeping meds until later. Whoopsie! I listened to a couple of radio broadcasts, including an Aussie ABC show on poisonous snakes and preventing snake bites (7 min. audio), by expert Dr. Christina Zdenek. It was quite the show. We don't have poisonous snakes here, except near Georgian Bay, where they have rattlesnakes. So it wasn't a worry for me!
By 5 a.m., I figured I'd get up. I puttered and wrote my blog post. We doddled through the morning until our 8:15 departure for our 8:35 appointment.
The time came, pouring rain, thunder and lightning to the north of us! I took an umbrella, but wore a dress. I figured I'd go in, come home and just hang it up to dry.
Dawn is getting later. For now it was a bit peculiar, but the clouds were pretty dark. You can see the dark line of clouds.
This was a bit worrisome. And only got worse!
Remember the online form to fill? We had to do it on paper at the store.
I hadn't had breakfast, I'm nervous enough. JB offered to get me a brekkie sandwich. I sat and cooled my jets. Flip flops were good in the pouring rain.
P.S. Health Care Agency-Administered Doses in Pharmacies
"The pharmacy will be reimbursed $5.00 for each dose of publicly funded influenza vaccine administered through health care agency-administered pharmacy clinics."