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Report from the H1N1 front lines
I thought I had beaten the system when I arrived at the Grant Park shopping centre flu vaccination clinic with my kids and wife at 8AM and found there were only a dozen people in line. My joy turned to disappointment when we were told just prior to the 9:30 AM opening that there was no adjuvanted vaccine for kids under 10 or for seniors over 65.
(Given that my kids are both under 10 this meant an indefinite wait.) There may be a reasonable explanation but I'll say out what everyone here is thinking; how in the hell can the WRHA open flu clinics without vaccine for children?
The timing suggests this problem wasn't detected until this morning but it seems improbable. If RHA officials knew yesterday, why weren't measures taken to re-stock for monday morning. Or, at the least, why wasn't anyone forewarned on Sunday there was a supply shortage. (I checked last night and the WRHA had not issued an update identifying this problem.) We have been told supply is on it's way but not when. This looks like a day that could be FUBAR before it's all over.
I have since been informed by Free Press reporter Aldo Santin this is not a problem at other clinics. Only the busiest one in the city.
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About Dan Lett
Dan Lett came to Winnipeg in 1986, less than a year out of journalism school.
Despite the fact that he’s originally from Toronto and has a fatal attraction to the Maple Leafs, Winnipeggers let him stay.
In the following years, he has worked at bureaus covering every level of government – from city hall to the national bureau in Ottawa.
He has had bricks thrown at him in riots following the 1995 Quebec referendum, wrote stories that helped in part to free three wrongly convicted men, met Fidel Castro, interviewed three Philippine presidents, crossed several borders in Africa illegally, chased Somali pirates in a Canadian warship and had several guns pointed at him.
In other words, he’s had every experience a journalist could even hope for. He has also been fortunate enough to be a two-time nominee for a National Newspaper Award, winning in 2003 for investigations.
Other awards include the B’Nai Brith National Human Rights Media Award and nominee for the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism.
Now firmly rooted in Winnipeg, Dan visits Toronto often but no longer pines to live there.
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