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Vaccine Shortage Prompts New Concerns, Frustrations

Ontario still doesn’t know exactly how much H1N1 vaccination will become available from Ottawa next week, magnifying fears of an ill-timed shortage.

“If there is no additional supply made available…they (some clinics) may have to shut down,” admitted Allison Stuard, Asst. Deputy Minister of Health.

“There’s nothing sitting in Ontario, everything is either moving or going into people’s arms at this time,” added Dr. Arlene King, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The decision on when to vaccinate the general public will be made next week.  In the meantime, some are crying foul after it was alleged that members of the Toronto Maple Leafs jumped the line to get the shot.  

“As kindergarten kids and their parents are told to wait, how can this minister allow this to happen?” asked NDP Leader Andrea Horwath.  

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment defended the vaccinations, saying: “All professional athletes are considered high risk to exposure and transmission of the flu due to excessive contact with other players, heavy travel requirements and public exposure.”

On Thursday MSE added that any Leafs who received the shot fall into one of several Priority Group categories.