In late 2021, GCOA convened a cross-sector group of Canadian and global experts and caregivers for a roundtable discussion to examine the critical importance of vaccinating Canada’s caregivers against influenza, current barriers, and opportunities for action to improve awareness and uptake of the vaccines. Following the roundtable, GCOA released a report, Tip of the Iceberg: Vaccinating Canadian Caregivers Against Influenza, which summarized the key insights and takeaways from the discussion.
The report included three broad calls to action for Canada:
- Collect evidence on the burden and cost of influenza on caregivers, the Canadian healthcare system and society and identify best practices that can reduce the burden.
- Expand access to vaccines, including where vaccines can be administered and by whom, engaging employers in this effort.
- Develop wide-reaching and targeted education materials in which caregivers can recognize themselves.