Some pharmacies have decided to not continue their vaccination operations against COVID-19 due to a government decision to reduce the amount paid per patient. This is the case for Marc Aufranc, the owner of the Familiprix Pharmacy in Shawville, who said that he would continue to offer vaccinations, just not for COVID-19. He said that a reduction of about $5 per vaccination in the government reimbursement came into effect on March 30 and meant that they would no longer be able to provide the service. He detailed the amount of administrative work behind the scenes for each patient.
Aufranc estimated that he had given more than 1,500 vaccinations since they became available, and said there was still demand in the area, as public health authorities have approved fourth doses for vulnerable populations. He said there was no reason given by the government for not continuing the old pricing.