Health Canada has announced it is launching a pilot program to vaccinate its employees, the country’s largest healthcare provider, with a flu shot and antibiotics.
The program will start with 100,000 employees at four companies, Health Canada said Monday.
The four companies include Bell, Cargill, Colgate-Palmolive, and Health Canada.
The companies will have to provide employees with vaccination kits that will contain a flu vaccine, the vaccine, and antibiotics by April 28.
The flu vaccine is the second-most widely used in the country, Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement.
The vaccine is also the first to be approved for sale in Canada.
“We’ve made the decision to take on a vaccine pilot program with our workforce.
This is a very significant step in the right direction,” Ambrose said.”
This is a critical step towards bringing the best of the Canadian health care system to Canadians,” she added.”
Our goal is to bring the best health care to the most people and the most effective health care at the lowest cost.”
Ambrose said the plan will help ensure that all Canadians are protected against the flu.
“I believe that we have the most important public health issue of our time: the flu pandemic.
And the flu vaccine helps protect our health and keep our health care costs down,” she said.
Health Canada is not announcing a specific date for the flu vaccination pilot program.
The agency said it would work closely with the provinces and territories, local governments, and private insurers to ensure that everyone receives a shot and is vaccinated.