Nasal flu vaccine shortage denied by B.C. health officer

Despite reports of nasal flu vaccine shortages, Dr. Perry Kendall says there should be enough to meet demand in B.C.

Dr. Perry Kendall says 'we have plenty of the vaccine'

Dr. Meena Dawar, Dr. Perry Kendall on nasal flu vaccine supply 1:12

Despite reports of a shortage of the new nasal flu vaccine at some B.C. clinics, provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall says there should be enough for everyone who wants them.

"We're only just starting the program so, no, there isn't a shortage at the moment. It would depend on the demand obviously. We believe that, based on previous years, we have plenty of the vaccine available," Kendall says.

Vancouver Coastal Health's Dr. Meena Dawar shares his confidence. "We certainly have lots of vaccine. We've had more vaccine delivered this week, and there's some coming throughout November and December."

If the nasal spray vaccine is not available at one clinic, Dawar simply recommends they try another clinic.


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