Signing for better health access
Those lining up for an H1N1 shot at the region’s only vaccination centre in Vaudreuil-Dorion can also sign their name to a petition demanding that a proposed regional health facility be built sooner rather than later.
Clinic volunteer Serge Turcotte said almost everyone who walks by the table bearing a petition expected to be delivered sometime to Yves Bolduc, Minister of Health and Social Services, signs their name and town on the dotted line.
“I would say 99-percent of people want to see (a health centre) be built, so yes, they sign,” Turcotte said, adding, “the only ones who don’t are the ones we don’t have time to talk to.”
Turcotte said volunteer workers at the H1N1 clinic take turn manning the petition table, which is organized by the Vaudreuil-Soulanges CLSC.
And though Turcotte could not say how many signatures have been collected in total, close to 300 people had signed on during his shift alone.
Bolduc, who visited the region in September, said that a booming VaudreuilSoulanges population has made building an ambulatory medical centre somewhere in the county a priority.
To sign the petition, go to the H1N1 vaccination clinic, 430 Harwood Blvd., in Vaudreuil-Dorion (between Éditions Vaudreuil book store and TimHorton).
The clinic is now accepting all residents of the 23 Vaudreuil-Soulanges towns. For information about the vaccine, go to www.santemonteregie.qc.ca/vaudreuilsoulanges, or call 1 866 461-9333.
For general information about the H1N1 flu virus or a list of symptoms, go to www.pandemiequebec.gouv.qc.ca.
CLSCvolunteerSergeTurcotte lookedon as people signed a petition demanding a health centre be built in the region.