Canadian Firefighter Magazine

The H1N1 conundrum

Laura King   

Features Blogs Editor’s blog

Nov. 9, 2009

I signed up a couple of weeks ago for e-mail updates from the regional health authority in Halton, which includes the Town of Oakville, where I live. Yesterday, I got an e-mail saying H1N1 clinics had been cancelled because Halton is out of the vaccine.

Today, there’s a story in the Halifax Chronicle
explaining how first responders there got the vaccine through a series
of bureaucratic bungles.

Last week, the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs
managed to get firefighters included in the priority groups who are receiving
the vaccine (until supplies run out) but the OAFC had to lobby and kick and
scream (figuratively, of course) to have Ontario firefighters included in that

In some provinces, emergency responders were
included in the first groups to receive the H1N1 vaccine. Some fire departments
in some provinces had their own clinics. Firefighters in other provinces have
yet to receive the vaccine because they’re not considered to be health-care
workers and are therefore not in the priority groups.


What’s going on in your neck of the woods?

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