Estimated cost for swine flu program in N.S. pegged at $20 million

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's health minister says the overall estimated cost of running the swine flu vaccination program in the province is $20 million.
But Maureen MacDonald says it's impossible to say what the final tally will be until the campaign wraps up.
She says the province has set aside $57 million in a multi-purpose fund, but it's unclear how much it will spend on the immunization program.
MacDonald says under the current agreement, Ottawa is funding 60 per cent of the cost of the vaccine and the province is handling the rest.
However, she says there will be discussions about getting additional federal help to cover delivery costs for such things as supplies and staffing.
Chris Power, CEO of the Capital District Health Authority, said Wednesday that the district would see a cost overrun of about $2.5 million unless the cost of delivering the vaccination program is picked up by the province.

Organizations: Capital District Health Authority

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Ottawa

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