Ontario’s pharmacists are here for you. We’ve got a plan to prepare for the future of healthcare.
When someone you love falls sick, nothing else matters. Everything is pushed out of your mind so that you can do what it takes to help your loved one get back on their feet.
We know what that’s like. We have families and loved ones, too. And we know that every time you walk into a pharmacy, you’re trusting us with the health and safety of your family.
We never take your trust for granted.
That’s why pharmacists are preparing for what’s next with a new plan that will build on that trust and re-imagine how pharmacists and our healthcare system can work together for you and the people you love.
COVID-19 has pushed Ontario's healthcare system beyond its capacity. To save lives, Ontario needs to vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time possible.
We’re proud to be playing a key role in the government's vaccination plan. We are ready to work with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals to facilitate a smooth and efficient rollout in every region across Ontario.
Vaccinating millions of people will be the most complex logistical healthcare effort in our province’s history and pharmacy professionals are ready to step up.
With over 20,000 professionals and 4,600 locations across Ontario, more than 9 out of 10 people already live within two kilometres of a pharmacy. They’re a safe and efficient choice for reaching people in every region of the province including rural and remote areas. Having pharmacy professionals on the frontlines of the vaccination rollout will be a game-changer in ending the pandemic.
8 in 10 people trust their pharmacist to administer vaccines1
Pharmacies have the capacity to vaccinate close to 1 million patients a week2
Pharmacies across Ontario have refrigerator capacity to support a COVID-19 vaccination campaign3
Use this link to find out where and when you can receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
In March 2020, when Premier Ford declared pharmacists essential healthcare providers, it was a call to pharmacy professionals to demonstrate and emphasize their training and expertise at a time when patients needed us more than ever. We kept our doors open in every community, donning personal protective equipment despite their scarcity, installing physical barriers to protect patients and staff, increasing home delivery services, adding curb-side pick-ups and anything else we could do to help comfort patients in these troubling times. We’re fiercely proud of how pharmacists have stepped up to fight COVID-19.
Now, we’re ready for what’s next. As Ontario’s most accessible healthcare provider, you can count on a local pharmacist to keep you healthy and safe in almost every neighbourhood across the province. We’re listening to you, we’re evolving our profession to meet your needs, and constantly innovating to ensure you have access to the very best care possible.
Ontarians visit a pharmacy 12 times more frequently than their primary care provider.
Nearly 1.4M flu shots were administered by Ontario pharmacists last year.
With more than 4,600 pharmacies in Ontario, pharmacy professionals are the most accessible healthcare providers.
More than 9 out of 10 Canadians trust their pharmacist with their health.
Your local pharmacist has the necessary knowledge and skills, but is not currently permitted to assess and treat minor illnesses such as coughs and colds, headaches and migraines or allergies. It doesn't make sense.
Some vaccines require multiple trips to different healthcare providers, which wastes time and money.
Now is the time to leverage all healthcare professionals to practise to their fullest capacity to ensure that Ontarians can be kept safe, and that the economy can continue to recover. When it comes to providing Ontarians with top-quality healthcare, pharmacy professionals in Ontario have proven that they are up to the task.
Yet, too many people are currently forced to “ping-pong” across our healthcare system for troubling conditions that pharmacists have the training and expertise to assess and treat on the spot. Right now, you have to:
Book an appointment
Wait for the appointment
Travel to the appointment
Wait to be called on
Receive the prescription
Go to a pharmacy
Get your medication
Manage your health
Imagine, instead of having to wait for a medical appointment, you could simply walk to your nearest pharmacy to diagnose and treat conditions such as backaches, coughs and colds, headaches and migraines, toothaches, indigestion, cold sores, rashes, allergies and much more. Your local pharmacist has the expertise to manage common ailments in the community close to where you work, live and play. And more than 85% of Ontarians already feel comfortable speaking with pharmacists about common ailments.
Go to a pharmacy
Manage your health
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