@jjhorgan How about doing what the Federal Govt. stated over 3 weeks ago: Have the public aware IF they can only have the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (as in my case) the need has to be made from each province. When I called HealthLine 811, was told to call Health Canada and they told me 1/2
@jjhorgan to call the provincial Health Department. So, who is taking any responsibility for those in Canada who can only have the J&J vaccine and WANT TO BE IMMUNIZED. Seems no one these days. My MP's staff told me, "You're on your own!" My MLA's office are inquiring. I've made 26 2/3
@jjhorgan phone calls to: Border Services US & Canada to see if there was a way to travel on land to acquire the vaccine in the USA - nope. To fly to the USA for it would end up costing me thousands, yet all other Canadians are receiving immunization for free. Also inquired if I could 3/4
@jjhorgan have a prescription from my GP for one vial, have my pharmacist fax it to a USA pharmacy who could send one vial of the J&J vaccine (since it's being administered all over the USA and also the UK and EU) to the Canadian pharmacy. From a product approval point of view there is 4/5
@jjhorgan no problem importing this vaccine since Health Canada has approved the vaccine for distribution IF THERE WAS ANY imported. But again, Canadian Border Services officer said it can't be done. I looked into flying into the USA or the UK but the costs for travel, accommodation & 5/6
@jjhorgan Covid tests prior, after arrival and then on departure back to Canada, then on arrival here hotel quarantine since I'd not be considered immunized until after 14 days. The costs to do this would amount to over $4,000. Why should I have to go to this expense and inconvenience 6/7
@jjhorgan to acquire the vaccine which was PROMISED to Canadians in 2020? Also, I spoke to a staff person in your MLA office and was able to send an email covering all this to your govt. office & to Dr. Bonnie Henry's office. Did I even have the courtesy of a reply? Nope. Not even 7/8
@jjhorgan acknowledgement of the receipt of the emails. So, where does this leave me? Absolutely frustrated. On Monday, I even went to a Covid immunization clinic and spoke to the RN in charge. (note: I was a Critical Care RN x 33 yr. in BC & also a Nurse Clinician x 4 yr. setting up 8/9
@jjhorgan the first Remicade clinic in BC at the Mary Pack Arthritis Centre affiliated with VGH) During my conversation with the RN, she agreed with my self assessment the only vaccine I CAN HAVE is the J&J vaccine. I never dreamed in all my years of working as an RN, I ever have to 9/10
@jjhorgan find myself unable to acquire a vaccine needed and certainly to prevent a most infectious illness from either Covid or a Covid variant which for most Canadians has been provided free of charge and without the effort I have made to acquire a Covid vaccine. This is not 10/11
@jjhorgan acceptable. I am today on my own day 501 of self isolation mostly until after 6 pm, mask wear (which I will continue due to the Delta variant & also Covid), distancing and not being comfortable at all to be in any group gathering. How much longer will I have to live this 11/12
@jjhorgan way, I have no idea now. The fact that Canada has a contract with Johnson & Johnson for ONE MILLION vials of the J&J vaccine, already had imported 300,000 (which were rejected by Health Canada due to contamination concerns of the Baltimore plant which is now closed in the 12/13
@jjhorgan USA for that specific reason with their having to destroy one million vials of both AZ and J&J vaccines being produced there) so obviously there is need for this 4th vaccine. The runaround I have experienced has been appalling. Seems I really am on my own with this but I am 13/14
@jjhorgan thinking of the many other Canadians across Canada who can only have this vaccine. IF you want more people immunized, then get to work and let the Federal govt know this vaccine import is necessary. I am close to now going to the TV & radio media. One more day & I will. 14/15

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