Front-line workers just doing their job
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