Entering flu season in the midst of a pandemic is definitely motivating people to get their flu shot early, says pharmacist Sean Simpson.
“In past years there has always been some level of excitement, but it’s usually later in October,” he says.
This year, he started earlier, and is seeing more demand.
“The big concern is availability. I’m hoping that doesn’t become an issue.”
Simpson is offering a drive-through service to avoid crowding in the pharmacy, and it’s turned out to be a popular option, but the number of appointments is dependent on the number of vaccines he receives.
He is using space in the rear parking lot, and has “crafted a system that seems to work so far. It’s been pretty smooth.”
Weather has been mostly cooperative, and he’s hoping for a stretch of continued nice weather, he says. “Howling winds and rain would make it difficult. We’ve been lucky so far, other than a bit of rain. We’re looking at using a tent if we need to, doing things on the fly and preparing for pretty much anything.”
The positive response has been very welcome, he said, making it easier for people to physical distance by staying in their vehicle for the waiting time necessary after they’ve received their shot.
Simpson recommends going online at https://simpsonspharmacy.ca to make an appointment for the drive-through behind the Niagara Medical Clinic, or inside at the King Street pharmacy.