On October 30, MPP Jennifer French stopped by the Lovell Drugs in downtown Oshawa for a pharmacy tour and to learn more about the expanded scope of practice for pharmacists and how these new services have been important to patients. This was all part of Healthcare Closer to Home, an initiative that works to promote the delivery of professional healthcare from neighbourhood pharmacies and encouraging Canadians to get to know their neighbourhood pharmacy team. Provincial governments across Canada have been increasing pharmacist scope of practice - including allowing pharmacists to administer flu shots. Last year, a large number of Canadians used a pharmacy flu vaccination because of its speed and convenience. Most were able to walk in without an appointment and wait less than 10 minutes for their vaccination.