‘Can we protect everyone? No’
Province announces details for clinics on Monday — for high-risk groups
Four swine flu vaccine clinics will be held across Prince Edward Island on Monday as the province tries to ensure high-risk groups get vaccinated even as supplies of the vaccine run dangerously low.
But Chief Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison admits the swine flu vaccine will come too late for some.
Morrison said it’s unfortunate the second, and more dangerous wave of swine flu hit just as regulatory approval had been given for the swine flu vaccine.
In an ideal world, Morrison said everybody would have been vaccinated before the pandemic hit.
However, the swine flu hit earlier than anticipated and the vaccine was late.
“Can we protect everyone? No,” said Morrison.
“As public health officials, we are going to try and protect as many people as we can.”
The priority for Monday’s clinic will be children aged six months to school entry and household contacts of infants under six months of age.
In West Prince, the clinic will be held at the former Call Centre in the West Prince Business Park in Bloomfield. The clinic will be open from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
In Montague, it will be held at the Montague Wellness Centre from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Souris Kindergarten at Rollo Bay Consolidated School will be the second site in eastern P.E.I. That clinic will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Morrison said the province will be trying to determine how much vaccine is left over the weekend.
That will help them determine how much vaccine they’ll have to complete high risk groups during Monday’s clinics.
It will be sometime next week before it is known when elementary school children and first responders will be vaccinated.
In East Prince, the clinic will be held at the Public Health Nursing Office at 205 Linden Crescent in Summerside.
It will also be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Two clinics will be held in eastern P.E.I.
Donna West sits with her grandchildren, Nate and Liddy Donn Warren, as they try to keep themselves amused in the lineup to get the H1N1 shot on Thursday.