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Making More Vaccines Available in Pharmacies

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Making More Vaccines Available in Pharmacies

Ministry of Health

Starting December 15, pharmacists will be able to administer more vaccines in Ontario.

The vaccines help protect against the following 13 diseases:

  1. Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG)
  2. Haemophilus Influenzae Type B (Hib)
  3. Hepatitis A
  4. Hepatitis B
  5. Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
  6. Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
  7. Japanese Encephalitis
  8. Meningococcal disease
  9. Pneumococcal disease
  10. Rabies
  11. Typhoid
  12. Varicella
  13. Yellow Fever

These vaccines can be administered in participating pharmacies to anyone five years of age and older.

Not all vaccines require a prescription from a primary care provider (e.g., family doctor, pediatrician or nurse practitioner). In some cases, patients will be able to consult directly with their pharmacist and receive the vaccine at their pharmacy. Patients are encouraged to speak to their pharmacist or primary care provider to find out which vaccines they can receive directly at the pharmacy.

Vaccines that are part of Ontario's publicly funded immunization program are free if administered by a primary care provider. Patients who choose to receive vaccines from a participating pharmacist will have to pay for the vaccine.

The publicly funded flu vaccine will continue to be available at no cost for all Ontarians from their primary care providers and in participating pharmacies.

More information on Ontario's publicly funded immunization program is available at Ontario.ca/vaccines.

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