Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The City begins first responder vaccinations

Some of The City of Calgary’s first responders rolled up their sleeves and got a shot in the arm as The City started to roll out its H1N1 vaccine program for essential service personnel.

About 60 personnel from Fire, Police and Bylaw attended the clinic in the city’s southeast yesterday for the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) orchestrated inoculations. The vaccine was provided by Alberta Health Services.

The City has been promoting prevention as the best defence for employees from the H1N1 flu said CEMA’s Deputy Chief Tom Sampson, adding that the vaccines are a welcome preventative next-step.

The City will formally roll out its essential services vaccination plan this week which is a combination of roving services and stand-alone clinics at City facilities. At this time the focus is on offering vaccination for Fire, Police, PSC (9-1-1 operators), Peace Officers, Water Services and Waste Services. Once additional vaccine supplies are available the next tier of essential support service personnel will be inoculated.

IMAGE: CEMA's Deputy Chief Tom Sampson administers an H1N1 shot to Calgary firefighter Randy Boryskiewch on Nov. 17.

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