Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

WRHA sets up Siloam clinic

  • Print

WINNIPEG -- The down and out along Main Street got a hot breakfast Tuesday morning at the Siloam Mission and followed it with a shot of the H1N1 vaccine.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority worked with Siloam to set up a clinic, one of a possible 30 such clinics the WRHA will hold specifically for disadvantaged individuals.

"I was beat up pretty bad a couple of weeks ago and I figured with the shape I’m in right now, if I get (H1N1), I’d probably be dead," Maxie Arnott, 59, said after he was the first at Siloam to get the shot.

The clinic is part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority initiative to counter the spread of the H1N1 virus.

"We know the virus is in Winnipeg and if we can get enough people vaccinated, we believe we can keep the number of infected people down," Dr. Sande Harlos, a WRHA medical officer of health, said.

The WRHA had run similar clinics across the city for the seasonal flu in locations close to the city’s disadvantaged and approached those spots again when the H1N1 virus became available.

"We jumped at the opportunity to have the clinic here," Kari Enns, director of Siloam Missions’s Saul Sair Health Centre, said.

About 95 people received H1N1 vaccines at Siloam Mission by 2 p.m., when the WRHA moved the clinic one block north to the Union Gospel Mission.

The WRHA hopes to immunize between 300 and 500 disadvantaged people weekly.

Celia Young said she wanted the vaccine because she hangs out with many people from the province’s reserves, who seem most vulnerable to contracting the virus.

"Most of the people I hang with don’t know to cough into their shoulder or sleeves," Young, 40, said, adding she was worried about catching H1N1.

Young was one of the few people Tuesday morning at Siloam to suffer an immediate reaction to the H1N1 vaccine, becoming weak and dizzy and seeing stars within seconds of getting the shot.

But she bounced back a few minutes later.

"I feel better knowing that I have it," she said.

Louis Collins, 65, said taking the vaccine makes sense.

"If it’s my time, I’m going to go but I think this shot will help me," Collins said.

Collins said he lives nearby in a Manitoba Housing complex and comes daily to Siloam Mission.

"I’m too lazy to make my own breakfast," he said.

Collins said there’s a great deal of confusing information about the merits and safety of the vaccine, adding however he had no doubts about getting a shot.

"You have to know what you’re doing," Collins said. "A lot of the people who come here don’t understand or can’t read English.
"I’m telling everyone to get the shot."

The WRHA has clinics for the disadvantaged planned for some Main Street hotels, the Remand Centre, some Employment Insurance Assistance offices, and other soup kitchens and missions.

aldo.santin@freepress.mb.ca

 

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

City Beautiful trailer: How architecture shaped Winnipeg's DNA

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(  Standup photo)-    A butterfly looks for nector on a lily Tuesday afternoon in Wolseley-JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- June 22, 2010
  • Goose sits in high grass near Marion Friday afternoon for cover -See Bryksa 30 Day goose challenge- Day 18 - May 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Are you still on the Bombers' and Jets' bandwagons?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google