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Report from the H1N1 front lines

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10:18 a.m.

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.

More later.

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