Quebec paramedics who were to be vaccinated Wednesday during the day saw their appointments be massively canceled at the last minute, possibly victims of the decreases announced in vaccine deliveries.
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The ambulance attendants of the Cooperative des technicians ambulance du Québec (CTAQ) had a very bad surprise when they woke up on Wednesday morning. Having received confirmation the day before that they were indeed going to be vaccinated, they saw their appointments be canceled without notice by the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale.
“Barely two hours before my appointment, I got the email notification that it was canceled. And it’s the same for my colleagues, ”says an ambulance driver who preferred to remain anonymous, but who said he was“ frustrated ”with the treatment reserved for his profession.
The president of the CTAQ employee union was also angry on Wednesday morning. He deplores the “improvisation” of the authorities in the vaccination file, believing that the paramedics who already had an appointment should have at least received their dose.
“We understand that there are changes in the supply and that there are fewer doses, but they were not even able to tell us who they were going to prioritize before us”, indignant Frédéric Maheux, emphasizing the risk to its members and the patients they transport on a daily basis.
“It shows a certain I-don’t care about paramedics. We enter people who could be infected, we move between institutions and we also transport vulnerable patients, at risk. We are at risk of infecting people if we are not protected, ”adds Mr. Maheux.
No ministry details
According to explanations offered to paramedics, recent changes in Pfizer’s vaccine supply have led to a review of the prioritization orders.
Asked about this, the CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale referred us directly to the Ministry of Health, responsible for the rules surrounding vaccination. We indicate that the rules issued by Quebec are applied in this case, nothing more.
The Journal is still awaiting a return call from the Ministry of Health to learn more about these possible changes in the prioritization orders and the impacts they could have for ambulance attendants or other categories of professionals.
More details to come …
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