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Flu shot shortage delays clinics

Flu shot clinics in Vernon, Summerland and Princeton have been postponed for what Interior Health is calling a shortage in vaccines.

Despite comments from Interior Health just two weeks ago that there would be no shortage in the vaccines at any public clinic, three local clinics have now been delayed.

The public flu clinics in Vernon at the Schubert Centre (3505 30th Ave.) on December 4 and January 8 have been rescheduled to January 15, and the flu clinics in Summerland (St. John’s Lutheran Church) and Princeton (Princeton Health Centre) scheduled for December 4, 2014 have also been postponed with no reschedule date.

They say for those in Summerland and Princeton more flu shots have been ordered and the clinics will be rescheduled soon.

Interior Health reports the demand at those clinics for the vaccine is exceeding the current available supply, but more has been ordered and is on the way. 

Vaccines are still available at other planned clinics and at many pharmacies and physician offices. They also remain free at pharmacies and physician offices if you are eligible.

The public is now being advised to call vaccine providers ahead of time to ensure the vaccine is still available at that location.

Immunize BC’s flu clinic locator contains a comprehensive list of public clinics and community vaccine providers.

Interior Health says they would like to apologize for the inconvenience.

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