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Thunder Bay fall vaccine rollout underway

By CJ Goater Oct 3, 2023 | 6:00 PM

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The Thunder Bay District Health Unit is launching its fall flu and COVID-19 vaccine campaign.

Both vaccines will become available starting this week but only for select residents.

Community members now eligible for COVID-19 and flu vaccines include:

  • Individuals 65 years of age and older
  • Pregnant individuals
  • Children 6 months to 4 years of age (due to influenza risk)
  • Indigenous people and their household members
  • Individuals 6 months of age and older with a chronic illness or underlying health condition
  • Residents and staff of congregate living settings (e.g., nursing homes, retirement homes)
  • Members of racialized and other equity-deserving communities
  • Health care workers and first responders

The general population will be eligible to receive their vaccines at the end of the month.

“The latest vaccines cover strains that are circulating in communities and will provide protection and reduce the risk of severe illness. COVID-19 vaccination may also provide some protection against long COVID,” said Dr. Janet DeMille, Medical Officer of Health of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit.

No walk-ins are being accepted for COVID-19 vaccines and walk-in flu shots are only available to children that are 6 months to 2 years of age.

Book your COVID-19 shot online in advance. All individuals who book a COVID-19 shot will also be offered the flu vaccine at the same time.

TBDHU’s vaccine clinic is located at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition grounds.

For citizens looking for an alternative location, many pharmacies will also offer both COVID-19 and flu vaccines. Healthcare providers may also provide flu and/or COVID-19 vaccines. Check in with your local pharmacy or healthcare provider on availability.