‘Can we pro­tect every­one? No’

Prov­ince an­nounces de­tails for clin­ics on Mon­day — for high-risk groups

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Provincial - BYWAYNE THI­BODEAU

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.

wthi­bodeau@the­guardian.pe.ca

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.

Guardian photo

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.

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