Perth’s Dr. Drummond among those calling for second doses for ER doctors and nurses
A well-known Perth Doctor is among those that are surprised that Emergency Room doctors and nurses in our country are still waiting for their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine, despite their high risk professions.
Perth Emergency Room Doctor, Dr. Alan Drummond, who is also co-chair of public affairs for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians was asked about the situation by CTV News.
He told the network, “We all thought that once the vaccination process was established and running that we would be one of the first groups to be immunized and given a priority.” He added, “It was to our great surprise and actually dismay — for a lot of people — that we weren’t being prioritized at all.”
Yesterday, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Service Employees International Union and the Ontario Nurses Association called for health-care groups to receive second dose prioritization.
Drummond said his association had put out several call to the provincial government and health authorities to ask for second-dose prioritization, but so far those calls have been “falling on deaf ears.”
The doctor said Ontario’s precarious COVID-19 situation when it comes to hospitalization, is all the more reason to have front-line personnel fully vaccinated.
“We deserve priority vaccination, not for personal protection, but in order to maintain the integrity of our emergency health-care system across the country and that’s the way that this should be viewed,” added Drummond.