Clinics planned for healthcare workers

Central Alberta frontline healthcare workers will have H1N1 flu clinics dedicated specifically for them inside hospitals and other facilities, says an Alberta Health Services spokeswoman.

Central Alberta frontline healthcare workers will have H1N1 flu clinics dedicated specifically for them inside hospitals and other facilities, says an Alberta Health Services spokeswoman.

Shelley Rattray said on Wednesday that staff immunization clinics are forthcoming. Dates and locations will be forwarded onto all staff within the central zone.

She said these clinics had been postponed because there wasn’t enough vaccine to go around.

“We had some scheduled but we were not able to attain enough vaccine in time,” Rattray said.

“As soon as the vaccine is available, we will be delivering those clinics.”

Rattray noted some staff had been immunized at facilities prior to this delay.

For those workers who don’t wish or cannot wait, Rattray said they are encouraged to attend a public clinic closest to them.

And staff can show their ID in order to bump the queue.

Rattray said some people may want to do this if they are on a break from work.

“They don’t have to show their ID — it’s just to expedite the process, if required,” Rattray said.

Rattray added health care workers in outlying areas are not being discouraged from attending public clinics.

An H1N1 flu immunization clinic was held on Tuesday at the Alberta Health Services administration building on Michener Bend in Red Deer where about 150 employees work.

They don’t have direct patient contact.

Rattray said this staff answers all of the calls from each health facility site.

They also co-ordinate all of the vaccination shipments and other logistics and planning related to H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccination.

So they are unable to leave to go to a public clinic, Rattray said.

“If they wanted to go to the clinic, at the time the line would have been closed off,” she said.

Clinics are cutting off the queue late in the day.

There was no public flu clinic held on Tuesday, Rattray added.

ltester@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Police back mandatory alcohol screening

New legislation taking effect on Dec. 18 allows alcohol testing of all drivers legally stopped

Manslaughter trial begins for Delburne man involved in 2016 collision

Delburne man is accused of causing a collision with a pickup he was following

Red Deer RCMP ready for new mandatory alcohol screening law

Red Deer RCMP are ready to enforce a new law intended to… Continue reading

Bentley family left without a home grateful for community support

Central Albertans are coming together to support a family left homeless after… Continue reading

‘My nightmare began again’: Close call as bus carrying Humboldt crash survivor rear-ended

CALGARY — A terrifying ordeal for Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki this… Continue reading

Orlando SC acquires Canadian Tesho Akindele in trade with FC Dallas for cash

ORLANDO, Fla. — Canadian forward Tesho Akindele was traded to Orlando City… Continue reading

Koskinen notches third shutout, McDavid gets winner as Oilers blank Flames 1-0

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers appear to have shored up their defence… Continue reading

Beyonce performs at pre-wedding party in India

Beyonce brought her star power to a pre-wedding party for the daughter… Continue reading

Kirk Douglas celebrates 102nd birthday

LOS ANGELES — Actor Kirk Douglas got to celebrate his 102nd birthday… Continue reading

Ellen Page steps up attack on Nova Scotia pulp mill’s effluent pipeline

HALIFAX — Hollywood actor Ellen Page is doubling down on her criticism… Continue reading

Pence aide out of running to be Trump’s next chief of staff

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top pick to replace chief of staff… Continue reading

Swath of South faces wintry mess: Snow, sleet, freezing rain

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A massive storm brought snow, sleet, and freezing rain… Continue reading

‘I killed my best friend’: Opioids’ fatal grip on mayor, pal

MOUNT CARBON, Pa. — Janel Firestone found her son — the 24-year-old,… Continue reading

Most Read