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What you need to know about getting a flu shot during COVID-19

Posted October 29, 2020

By Samantha Lizardo

Doctor vaccinating a patient

Photo: Geber86 from iStock

This year, it is more important than ever to get a flu shot to protect yourself and others from the spread and severity of the flu during COVID-19. Health & Wellness is unable to offer flu vaccination clinics on the U of T St. George campus this year due to event limitations during the pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about getting a flu shot this year.

Where to get a flu shot

If you are on-campus or in Toronto, Toronto Public Health offers free flu shots by appointment. Learn more about where to find a Toronto Public Health flu vaccine clinic and how to book an appointment.

Walk-in clinics and participating pharmacies such as Shoppers Drug MartRexall and Walmart offer free flu shots to all individuals with OHIP or UHIP coverage. If you are from another Canadian province, pharmacy services may vary, contact the pharmacy to confirm.

If you are an international student with UHIP coverage, you must bring your UHIP card and TCard when visiting a pharmacy or clinic.

Visit Health & Wellness flu vaccinations to learn more about pharmacies and walk-in clinics near campus that offer free flu shots to all students.

If you are outside of Toronto but in Canada, visit iamsick.ca or myflushot.ca to find out where to get a free flu shot near you.

Other actions you can take to prevent the spread of the flu and COVID-19

Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.

Avoid touching your face and cover your mouth with a tissue or your arm when you sneeze or cough.

Stay at home when you feel sick and wear a mask if you must leave your home to seek medical care.

To learn more about how to fight the flu, visit: