Protecting yourself against the flu and COVID-19


In Canada, flu season usually runs from November to April. With COVID-19 still present, Health Canada recently approved two bivalent vaccine boosters that target the Omicron subvariants.

We strongly encourage everyone to get a flu shot, and a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot, to protect themselves and those around them.

What you need to know:

  • We recommend you review this Government of Canada website, or that of your local public health authority, or speak to your physician about the timing for receiving these vaccines.
  • Most provinces cover the cost of the flu vaccine. Residents can easily get the vaccine from a public health clinic, pharmacy, family doctor or other health-care provider.
  • We will continue to reimburse employees who must pay for the flu shot and who have a receipt.
  • All provinces and territories cover the cost of a COVID-19 shot/booster.

What you need to do:

  • If you choose to proceed, book your flu shot and your COVID-19 vaccine or booster with a public health clinic, pharmacy, family doctor or other health-care provider.
  • If you are charged for your flu shot, submit your receipt through the employee expense claim process.
    • The cost of the vaccine should be entered in SAP as expense type Miscellaneous (found under “Other Expenses”), using Internal Order number 846759, and should be charged to the cost centre provided by your team leader.
    • If you do not have access to SAP, you can submit a paper receipt to your team leader.
  • If you are a team leader who has employees without corporate email, share this information with your team.

You’ll find more information on the flu prevention section of the Keep wellness in mind website.

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