News Release HAMILTON, Bermuda The seasonal influenza (flu) vaccine is available for priority groups through their doctor or the Flu Express. The Flu Express is for persons 12 years and older. The cost is $20.00 per shot for adults and children – cash only or pay online. Seniors (65 and older) are FREE. Please have the correct amount of cash ready during your attendance at the “Flu Express” if you do not pay online. (Credit/Debit card facilities will not be available at the “Flu Express” sites).
Minister Wilson recently received her annual flu vaccination and expressed her commitment to this practice, stating, “I make it a point to get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available each year. I have full confidence in the safety and effectiveness of this vaccine in preventing the majority of flu cases. By doing so, I protect myself and safeguard my family, friends, and our entire community.”
The public can fill out the consent form and pay online for the flu vaccine to minimise paperwork on arrival and reduce wait times by visiting https://www.gov.bm/https://forms.gov.bm/Influenza-Vaccine-Consent. An email will be sent to you and is required to be shown when you arrive for vaccination. If you cannot complete the consent form online, you can do so at the Flu Express location.
Drive in between 10 am – 2 pm on Wednesday, November 15th and Saturday, November 18th, at the Old Airport, Tuesday, November 21st, at the Somerset Community Centre, Boaz Island field, or walk into the Hamilton Health Centre on Wednesday, November 29th, from 2 – 6 pm only.
Priority persons who should attend the “Flu Express” are:
· Healthcare workers, caregivers and essential service workers
· Persons aged 65 years and older
· Any person with chronic medical conditions that are at risk of complications from the flu, e.g. diabetics, asthmatics and those with heart disease. They should inform their doctor when they have been vaccinated.
· Children under 12 should attend their usual doctor’s office for vaccination.
Flu injections will only be offered at the “Flu Express” on the specified dates to individuals in good health without active infections.
Please dress comfortably to allow the nurse easy access to the injection site in the upper arm.
Minister Wilson concluded, “The Ministry of Health is working with the UK Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office to acquire COVID-19 booster doses and aims to have them available in December.
“Influenza and COVID-19 can lead to a range of symptoms, from mild to severe, and can result in hospitalization and even death, particularly among high-risk groups like the elderly and those with weakened immune systems. If you have any questions about the flu shot and the COVID-19 booster, or need more information, please consult a healthcare professional or call the Department of Health on 278-6452.”
Photos attached of the Minister of Health receiving her flu shot.