Good morning. I chose not to give up my Saturday yesterday to go into a retirement home to immunize. It was disorganized (again). We were asked last minute, exhausted. Family docs are fed up. Time to disabuse the public of the notion that we are part of #COVIDVaccine plans. 🧵
In #Ottawa, @OttawaHealth told us they still have nobody appointed as the lead for #CovidVaccine rollout. They are tired, doing this off the sides of their desks. They say it is a nightmare, but they’ve gotten no supports from Ontario. They are at the mercy of provincial whims...
Ottawa tell us that we *may* get to put our names into a lottery to work at mass vaccine clinics, but we won’t get to immunize our own patients. They tell us we can’t help register our patients. Then Ontario announced that family docs are supposed to help 80+ register online...
Our colleagues in primary care in other regions who say that they are involved are an example of how UNEVEN the #COVIDVaccine rollout is across Ontario. There is no “best practice.” Some public health units or regions are either better organized, or more willing to push back...
Just to be clear, we could get this done like the professionals that we are, efficiently and equitably, in partnership with public health and community pharmacists. We’d do so happily. There is NO REASON for this disorganized mess. Ontario is setting us up to fail, you to suffer.

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So cancelling clinic now?!
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Fix this, #Ontario.

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