Reaction at clinic mixed

Monique Chiasson
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TRURO - Reaction was mixed at the H1N1 vaccination clinic in Truro yesterday.
Truro's Ashley Brown was pleased the clinic was moved indoors to the Truro Mall as opposed to clinics held last week at the former Douglas Street Elementary School, where lineups were outside.
"There's no sense dragging a baby out in the cold," said Brown, who waited about three hours for his eight-month-old son DaeSean to be vaccinated yesterday.
"But I think it should be open to everyone, including parents, of high risk (people)."
Bible Hill's Ian MacInnis also wasn't impressed with the limited access.
"I'm not too happy all high risk aren't allowed ... some people will get sick that could be prevented."
Department of Justice officials have also addressed concerns inmates have received their vaccinations ahead of the general population. Department officials at federal and provincial levels say that's not the case in Nova Scotia.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Douglas Street Elementary School, Department of Justice

Geographic location: TRURO, Nova Scotia

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  • Rob
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    arn't we all technically high risk? if you deal in any way with the public you are at risk, makes your kids high risk, makes the rest of your family high risk. all who want this shot should get it provided. we all pay taxes!

  • Mel
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Why are prisoners, people whom already leech off society after committing crimes against society, entitled to vaccinations but the guards aren't? That is wrong!! Let the prisoners suffer...there are so many victims of their crimes that are suffering everyday; it wouldn't hurt them a bit!!

  • country
    March 01, 2010 - 14:40

    Was there absolutely no other location to have this flu shot clinic?This has to be having a negative effect for the shoppers,and the store merchants.Having to hear screaming babies all day?seriously,not a great idea,christmas is quickly approaching and no one wants to shop around with a bunch of kids sreaming in the distance.

  • Karen
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    In my opinion at least one of the primary caregivers of any child under 5 who is getting the H1N1 needle should also get it. Who is going to look after these children if the parents are sick with the H1N1 virus?

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    It's not as much the fact I can't get the vacine George, it's the fact they keep changing the criteria for high risk and there are several definitiions of high risk that both upset and worry me.

    The planning and roll-out of this program is an epic failure and in the private sector people would be held accountable for this failure. That's not going to happen here nor are there going to be key learnings taken away from it. Scary if ya ask me.

  • Sam
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    All I'm looking for in an at risk definition is a uniform defination throughout Canada. Right now, in NS I am not in an at risk group but if I lived in NB or PEI I would be. How can that be right?

  • Sharlene
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    It would make sense to send some people to the daycares and have the vaccination issued there (provided the parent or guardian signed a permission slip) and this would help with the line ups and the crying babies...to keep a child happy and entertained in a line up for 3-4 hours is ridiculous!!

  • George
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    Please stop your whining and complaining.

    The vaccine is free afterall.

    High risk groups should go first. Just like when you're at the hospital waiting for stiches and someone having a heart attack comes in. They go ahead of you.

    This is the first time we've had a mass inoculation. It's going as smooth as possible. The only people complaining are the people who are not high risk and have been told Not yet

    And in Canada, that's what sets people off....being told No.

    If you want to complain.....complain about the mayor of New Glasgow.