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October 31, 2009

Ooooh … John Gormley just asked Saskatchewan chief medical health officer Moira McKinnon why they couldn’t just get vaccine into every possible outlet (pharmacies, doctors offices, private nurses).  Her answer:  “it’s just the biggest and the richest who will get that first”.  Typical.  It’s okay to use income to determine access but not okay to make access widespread if that might make access easier for someone of a certain income level.

The government knows best apparently.  They will maintain tight control over vaccine access. The result of this tight control is that someone living in one of the designated neighborhoods (starting November 2 in King George, Meadow Green, Pleasant Hill, Riversdale, Westmount) might will receive the vaccine BEFORE a child with severe asthma who happens to live in Briarwood.  How is that right?  Living in a lower income neighborhood is NOT a risk factor for H1N1.

I don’t understand this priority system.  I can’t find any other jurisdiction which is distributing vaccine based on geographic location.  Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region is not doing this although they are doing something a bit odd by only vaccinating young children next week.


Related:   This will look bad for the US government … Guantanamo detainees are getting the swine flu shot before many high risk populations.  (via smalldeadanimals)  I’ll assume that they aren’t calling it swine flu.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 31, 2009 8:49 pm

    Ha, I live in Dundonald… RIGHT BESIDE Westmount, as in you cross the street from my place and you’re in Westmount. But I can’t get a vaccination…

  2. Michele permalink*
    October 31, 2009 9:01 pm

    Isn’t that crazy?

    Access to healthcare based on address just doesn’t seem right, does it?

    I wish that the health region had announced earlier that they were short on vaccine and were changing their plans. They should have vaccinated front line medical staff and high risk individuals FIRST then the rest of the hospital staff.

  3. November 2, 2009 9:18 am

    Saskatoon Health Region must update their website by the second now. It looks like those clinics have been pushed back to a more “normal” time frame.
    Still wondering when I can get mine though.. Hopefully I’m allowed to stand in line by the end of the week.

  4. Michele permalink*
    November 2, 2009 4:23 pm

    I know someone who went to Pleasant Hill School this morning. The sign outside said “everyone welcome”. There were lots of nurses and not very many people there to be vaccinated.

    Bad planning and bad implementation.

  5. November 2, 2009 5:08 pm

    Yeah… I heard that now too… Saskatoon Health Region website has been ABSOLUTELY no help…

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