CARP offers high-dose flu shot at 2019 Zoomer Show

Raymond Cho and Moses Znaimer at the 2019 Zoomer Show

On Oct 26, 2019 CARP hosted a pop-up immunization clinic for the thousands of 45+ adults who attended this year’s Zoomer Show.

Seniors over the age of 65 received their high-dose flu shot at the clinic, giving them the best available protection this season and empowering them to take control of their health. Many expressed surprise and excitement that the vaccine is now funded in Ontario–a direct result of CARP’s tireless lobbying efforts.

Among those who received their shot was Ontario Minister for Seniors and Accessibility, Raymond Cho. Cho stopped by the Zoomer Show on Saturday, meeting with CARP President, Moses Znaimer and show attendees before heading over to the CARP clinic to roll up his sleeve. Both Cho and Znaimer received their high-dose flu shots, stopping to speak with journalists from Zoomer Media and the CBC, before heading off to tour the packed show floor.

The Ontario government is currently funding the high-dose flu shot for adults over 65, but access is limited by inventory and availability. CARP is pushing provincial governments across Canada to fully fund this critical vaccination and make it readily available through physicians’ offices and pharmacies.  CARP also seeks coverage for the best-in-class vaccines for shingles and pneumococcal, which are the optimal preventive measures for our older adults, keeping them out of hospitals and safe from the significant complications that can arise from infection. 

Canada’s seniors deserve to be in complete control of their health, with affordable access to the best drugs and health care. With health care voted the top issue affecting CARP members this election, this is one of the ways CARP is fighting to keep our members across the country happy and healthy.