The Globe and Mail reports in its Wednesday, Feb. 24, edition that pharmacies, doctors and other key health care providers say they are not fully looped in on some provincial plans for COVID-19 vaccination efforts. The Globe's Justin Hunter writes that provinces are beginning to lay the foundations for the mass inoculation campaign. Vaccination sites will include stadiums and drive-thru clinics at amusement parks. People in professions such as massage therapy and acupuncture will be trained to deliver jabs.
Pharmacies and their professional associations have been advocating to be involved in the vaccine rollout, arguing that Canada's more than 42,000 pharmacists are spread out geographically and are used to organize immunization campaigns. During flu season, for example, Loblaw's Shoppers Drug Mart vaccinated 2.1 million people over the course of five weeks, with some pharmacies giving as many as 500 shots in a day. Cineplex has reached out to public-health authorities in all of Canada's provinces to pitch them on using its movie theatres as vaccination sites. It has more than 160 theatres across the country, many of which have spacious lobbies and large parking lots, notes chief executive officer Ellis Jacob.
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