The University will not offer a Flu Vaccine clinic on campus this autumn due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, which poses several barriers to organizing such a large-scale event. Given the government restrictions, we want to avoid bringing large numbers of people to an on-campus setting, when the option exists to get vaccinated in local CLSCs, clinics or pharmacies.
Should you wish to receive the flu vaccine, the following options are available:
Quebec Flu Vaccination Program
As per the information provided by the Government of Quebec, the flu vaccine is recommended, and the Quebec Flu Vaccination campaign will begin on November 1, 2020.
The vaccine is offered free of charge to people who are at higher risk of complications, such as people with certain chronic diseases, who are pregnant, or who are 75 years of age or older. This year, the vaccine is also being offered free of charge to healthy adults between the ages of 60 and 75 years. Find out more about eligibility here.
If you are not eligible for the free vaccine, you may choose to be vaccinated at your local CLSC, a medical clinic or pharmacy for a fee, which will vary by location. Learn where to go and how to proceed.
Members of the Supplemental Health Plan
As always, McGill’s Supplemental Health Plan covers reimbursement for the cost of the vaccine at the 80% rate for prescription drugs. To be reimbursed by Manulife, submit the prescription from your physician, or the nurse or pharmacist who administers the vaccine; ensure it includes the vaccine’s Drug Identification Number (DIN).
Please note that, as usual, fees related to administering the vaccine and any other fees, are not covered by the Supplemental Health Plan. As fees may vary by location, you may wish to verify the cost prior to your appointment.
Wishing you a safe and healthy fall,
The Benefits Team