Thursday, October 29, 2009

Hold on there Mister MP

Government of Canada guidelines on who should be first in line for H1N1 pandemic flu vaccines.

The groups include:

• People with chronic medical conditions under the age of 65.
• Pregnant women.
• Children six months of age to under five years of age.
• People living in remote and isolated settings or communities.
• Health-care workers involved in pandemic response or who deliver essential health services.
• Household contacts and caregivers of individuals who are at high risk, and who cannot be immunized (such as infants under six months of age or people with weakened immune systems).

So why is MP Maloway already getting in line for a vaccine. From what I can tell, he doesn’t exactly fit the bill for the priority list, unless of course you consider Transcona to be an isolated community.


  1. Funny, I asked myself this very same question when local outlets ran the story that Dr. Kettner was among those on the 1st day to get the shot. A very important symbol of our system, I doubt his daily office bound and meeting driven agenda really fits the criteria: "Health-care workers involved in pandemic response or who deliver essential health services." Don't begrudge him the shot, but we must admit that is was ALL optics!

  2. Jim Maloway has had pneumonia for the last several weeks and as such would be considered a priority recipient. The limited schedule (Mon-Fri)here in Winnipeg means there are no options for the 1st couple of weeks while he is in Ottawa. The article referred to didn't explain his health condition properly unfortunately.

  3. The Yellow Snow researchers are going to hear about this one.