@NathanStall @NightShiftMD With your first statement, I had to fly to Los Angeles where Johnson & Johnson clinic were set up for any traveller to acquire immunization. Despite 8 weeks, over 40 emails & 70 phone calls, I was unable to acquire this vaccine which due to my medical history was the only one 1/2
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD I was safely able to have and despite my EIGHT weeks of contacting every govt. official, politician both Federally and Provincially (I'm in BC) who I could think of and as well US pharmacies in Wash. to see if a dose could be sent to a pharmacy in Canada, I had to give up and 2/3
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD since even flying un-immunized was a great risk to me, I paid extra for a seat in a premium cabin area (front row of the plane seating plan) to avoid others, stayed 15 days to fly back fully immunized and thus safer. The test prior to the first flight: $135. The PCR test for 3/4
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD the trip back to Canada: $256 Can. funds. My hotel stay was over $3,600, the flight over $1,000. ALL other Canadians didn't have to pay a dime to be immunized & as a former Critical Care RN x 34 years as well as a Nurse Clinician, there was no equality in health care for me. 4/5
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD The total cost to me (since I spent 98% of my time in my hotel room when for 1/2 of it I had the effects of feeling excessive fatigue, nausea, unwell generally from the vaccine so it was not a vacation) has ended up being over $6,000. With the soon to be effective no travel 5/6
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD unless immunized, I also faced a time restriction on being able to even leave Canada to be immunized against this deadly virus. How great was this situation for me? I had to (after over 470 days of mainly self isolation, following all the restrictions) to take the risk of 6/7
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD going to busy airports, flying on a plane unimmunized in order to obtain my Covid vaccine. I kept hearing both Fed. and Prov. politicians saying, "ALL CANADIANS CAN BE IMMUNIZED." Then the clincher: the condemnation of those who were not immunized. Meanwhile I spent a eight 7/8
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD weeks trying to be immunized in my own country. Does it surprise you to know I received no support from any govt. office or Health Canada who kept saying, "Call the BC Covid HealthLine. When I did this, I was told by the staff at the call centre, "It's not our responsibility. 8/9
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD Call Health Canada." I did this three weeks in a row. No one was willing to take this responsibility that I and many other Canadians could NOT acquire the needed vaccine. IF the UK, US and EU could provide it, why couldn't Canada? I know of the rejected J&J import, etc., BUT 9/10
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD That happened in mid June and was a Health Canada decision. Not good enough over July, Aug. and early September with not even any offer of this J&J vaccine being made available. Absolute silence from all govt. level. Who else would have been willing to pay even $100.00 for 10/11
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD Their Covid immunization. I ended up paying 6,000% more to be finally immunized on Sept. 14th. I doubt as many would be immunized if that had been the cost for Covid immunization in Canada. Please do not assume all Canadians had equal healthcare with this pandemic immunization.
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@NathanStall @NightShiftMD As a PS to this: I am now retired and as someone born in London, England and coming to Canada as a child, I have had nearly all my relatives in England. Now decades later I have a few cousins I love to visit. The savings I had which I've now spent to go to LA, was for a 1/2
@NathanStall @NightShiftMD future trip to see them as they are getting much older now. It took me over 3 years to save this money and now I don't know when I'll be able to fly there again or even if ever again. That is a heartache for me as have no other family in Canada. But I did want to be vaccinated.

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