Front-line work­ers just do­ing their job

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - Editorial -


There has been much frus­tra­tion about the or­ga­ni­za­tion and roll-out plan sur­round­ing the H1N1 vac­cine de­liv­ery.

Some mem­bers of the pub­lic feel that the gov­ern­ment was not ad­e­quately pre­pared and not enough vac­cine ex­ists for the mass pub­lic. Per­son­ally, I am not able to spec­u­late about the quan­tity nor am I able to com­ment about its ef­fi­cacy. Th­ese is­sues aside, the clin­ics have been over­whelmed by high de­mand and less than short tem­pers by times across our coun­try. The lineup in Char­lot­te­town Wed­nes­day was con­sid­er­able and was well-be­haved. As I passed by on Thurs­day, how­ever, I no­ticed the per­son at the en­try dis­cussing with a small group that the vac­cine would only be avail­able to chil­dren and any oth­ers would have to re­turn an­other time. This worker bears the brunt of the pub­lic’s frus­tra­tion as she’s the per­son des­ig­nated to deal with the front door.

This is un­fair and un­help­ful to any­one. The work­ers in the im­mu­niza­tion clinic are com­posed of mainly pub­lic health nurses who are al­ready bur­dened with a full-time sched­ule and are forced to bal­ance ba­si­cally two work­loads right now; re­tired nurses and stu­dent nurses and gen­eral pub­lic vol­un­teers. Th­ese peo­ple are pro­vid­ing a ser­vice that would be al­most im­pos­si­ble to de­liver if they weren’t avail­able. Please re­mem­ber this as th­ese peo­ple are car­ry­ing out a most stress­ful task.

If peo­ple ques­tion why the po­lice had to be brought in two days in a row, re­al­ize how you would feel be­ing thrown into an an­gry mob when all you were do­ing was try­ing to help. If you need to vent your frus­tra­tion, write a let­ter to the ed­i­tor, send a mes­sage to your MLA or health min­is­ter, what­ever. Please just re­spect the front-line worker who is there at that clinic en­tirely for your ben­e­fit — they are sim­ply do­ing their job. Anita McCabe, Char­lot­te­town

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