Health Minister Terry Lake asked Fraser Health to review its move to eliminate seniors flu shot clinics at community centres.

Seniors flu clinics may be reinstated

Fraser Health reviews decision to end vaccinations at seniors centres after NDP raises issue

Fraser Health is reconsidering its elimination of mobile flu shot clinics in seniors community centres after the NDP made it an issue Tuesday in the B.C. Legislature.

The health authority had notified senior centres that previously hosted flu clinics that they would not be offered there this fall.

Fraser officials say they’ve scaled down use of those clinics over the past three years as seniors increasingly use flu clinics offered in pharmacies and doctor’s offices instead. Mobile clinics would instead focus on harder to reach people, including the homeless.

“I understand Fraser Health is trying to make sure that the services for influenza vaccines are optimized, and they made a decision to concentrate resources for younger patients,” Health Minister Terry Lake said in Question Period. “I’ve asked them to go back and look at that.”

Lake was responding to a question from NDP leader John Horgan, who called the result a victory for seniors who were about to be denied their usual vaccination option.

Lake said flu shot access has greatly expanded since pharmacists were approved to perform them.

Fraser Health spokesperson Tasleem Juma would not guarantee flu shots will now be reinstated at the same centres as last year, adding Fraser Health will review where they are needed.

“Our public health nurses and officers will connect back with all clinics to see if there’s still a need,” Juma said. “If we get information back that individuals can’t get access to the vaccine we will look at how we can address that barrier.”

She said fewer and fewer seniors have been using the mobile clinics that were cut, but was unable to provide statistics.

Just Posted

Girl Guides go back to basics with door-to-door cookie sales in Chilliwack, Agassiz

Chilliwack District Girl Guides’ cookie fundraiser will take place Sunday, Sept. 29

Chilliwack’s oldest school, Central elementary, celebrates 90 years

Historic photos, scrap books, the school song all part of upcoming 90th celebration

The Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk strolls into Chilliwack next month

Photographers meet up to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images, and sharing with like-minded people

Libraries call on reading buddies, dads to take part in literacy programs in Chilliwack

The annual Reading Buddies program and the brand-new Man in the Moon story time start this month

Westbound crash on Highway 1 in Langley causing extreme traffic delays

Collision occured just after Glover Road, cars backed up all the way to 264th Street

VIDEO: ‘Thrones,’ ‘Fleabag’ top Emmys

Billy Porter makes history as first openly gay black man to win best drama-series acting Emmy

B.C. court hears disclosure arguments in Meng Wanzhou case

Huawei exec argues she was unlawfully detained at YVR last December at direction of U.S. authorities

Trudeau attacks Scheer, Harper, Ford in first federal salvo for Ontario

Liberal leader targets three big conservative rivals in second full week of campaign

Over 200 Hotel Georgia hospitality workers join ‘open-ended strike’

Unionized workers at Hyatt Regency, Westin Bayshore and Pinnacle Harbourfront have also walked out

B.C. Lions hype-man marks 15 years of cheers

Crazy P cheers, chants, bangs his drum and spreads a message of love

Hiker rescued after spending night on Crown Mountain

North Shore Rescue spotted the woman by helicopter over Hanes Valley

PHOTOS: Steller sea lion with plastic around neck rescued on Vancouver Island

Rescue staff determined the plastic band cut the protected animal’s neck approximately two inches

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

Most Read