Tuesday, October 27, 2009

maybe all I need is a shot in the arm

People lined up outside for six hours yesterday to receive their H1N1 vaccinations, on the first day these vaccinations became available.  In a city of one million plus people, there are four clinics.  

Those in the high risk groups - pregnant women, young children, and those with existing medical conditions - are the people who are being targetted to receive immunization first.  Exactly the demographic you want lining up in the cold for several hours. 

One of the clinics is about a 45 minute walk from Casa Zombie, and with the shop owners in that strip mall complaining yesterday that their parking spots were co-opted by flu shot seekers, authorities are planning to crack down on parking spot violators today.  I'm not entirely sure where they will park, as street parking is quickly snatched up by commuters driving to the nearby C-train station, a train station which also has inadequate parking.

I'm considering offering a shuttle service for flu vaccination seekers.  Fifteen bucks to park in front of my house and I will drive you to the clinic and pick you up when you are done.  Bring your own child seat. 


Allison said...

Someone at the Boy's work (who has been sick for weeks, and sitting through training, when he should have gone home), was just confirmed for having H1N1. People need to learn to go home when they are sick.

I wish I would have bought into Purell stock.

I thought Vancouver was backwards in it's parking situations, but this sounds a little crazy. You should start the shuttle service. ;)

mister anchovy said...

Business opportunities appear when you least expect them, don't they?

Wandering Coyote said...

Well, why not? Might as well be entrepreneurial about things while the going's good!

Charlie said...

Do I have to bring a child seat if I don't have a child?

Down here in the well-organized city of Phoenix, they had 60,000 doses on Saturday--period.

This sounds like another job for FEMA and Brownie--they've had a lot of time to rest up since they busted their asses on Katrina.

S.M. Elliott said...

That's the entreprenurial spirit - taking advantage of people at their most fearful and desperate moments!
But seriously, it's not a bad idea. Public service, extra cash. Can't beat that.

justacoolcat said...

Hey, atleast you have the vaccinations. They've been promised for months here and still nada. I'm sure everyone in the US will have gotten it before the shot arrives, I think we got it in the spring.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's the problem, people will not stay home when they are sick, Al. Of course a lot of that has to do with the fact that for many people, if they don't work, they don't get paid.
This city is definitely car crazy.

They just fall into your lap sometimes, Mr Anchovy.

I will even clean out the urban assault vehicle first, Wandering Coyote! Who could possibly resist?

Yes, you still have to bring a child seat, Charlies, just in case you find a child you want to bring back with you.
60,000 in one day? How many were actually distributed? I think they can only do 4,000 per day here and that's with keeping the clinics open till 11pm.

taking advantage of people at their most fearful and desperate moments - I think I've just found my business slogan, SME! Thanks for that!

You had H1N1 in the spring, JustA? Yoiks, that's not great. On the other hand, you'll have antibodies now.

Hannah said...

The lineups are insane here in Ottawa too! We really need to fix the nurse/medical professionals shortage problem!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That's certainly a big part of it, Hannah. Lack or organization being another.