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  •  That had nothing to do with the employer (0+ / 0-)

    distribution program.  

    A day after saying middle and high school kids would not get priority for swine flu vaccines, the city Health Department quickly backpedaled Tuesday.

    Officials now say any schoolkid who goes to one of the special weekend clinics opening next month will get the vaccine - and everyone else will be evaluated on a "case-by-case basis."

    The department changed its tune after saying Monday the city "won't turn anyone away" at the clinics.

    "Weekend vaccine clinics ... are for students, not the public," department spokeswoman Jessica Scaperotti said yesterday.

    "If an at-risk adult comes to a weekend [clinic] and there are no lines, staff will determine if that individual will receive a vaccine on a case-by-case basis," Scaperotti said.

    Swine flu vaccine is recommended for children and young adults between the ages of 6 months and 24 years, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions that put them at a higher risk of complications.

    Scaperotti said nurses at clinics won't ask kids for identification to prove they're students in the five boroughs, leaving the door open for abuse of the system.

    Elementary school children will receive the vaccine in school in a program that kicks off today in 128 of the city's smallest grammar schools.

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    "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

    by Geekesque on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 07:59:49 AM PST

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    •  Of course it does... (0+ / 0-)

      with the vaccine in short supply, any amount sent to employers is less available at the clinics.  Without guarantees that the supply sent to Wall Street firms is being used ONLY for those at risk, the supply should never have been sent there.

      "War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace." - Thomas Mann

      by Tom Paul on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 08:47:19 AM PST

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      •  there are no guarantees vaccines sent (1+ / 0-)
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        anywhere are going to be used in exact compliance with HHS restrictions.

        "[R]ather high-minded, if not a bit self-referential"--The Washington Post.

        by Geekesque on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 08:55:38 AM PST

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        •  HHS issues guidelines anyway, not absolute laws. (2+ / 0-)
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          The final indication listed for classification as high H1N1 risk is ... clinical judgment of the provider. Translation: If patient X technically doesn't qualify, but you feel she has risks the rules don't recognize, give her the shot.

          _Karl Rove is an outside agitator._

          by susanala on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 09:05:05 AM PST

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          •  that's absolutely true (0+ / 0-)

            the discussion is about the population, not the individual case.

            "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

            by Greg Dworkin on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 09:44:27 AM PST

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            •  Class members are individuals. (0+ / 0-)

              But each class is a population category.

              The only way to put force of law behind a risk classification scheme is to strictly limit vaccine clinics to public health departments, make people bring various forms of documentation, etc.

              I don't even want to think about that distribution bottleneck.

              _Karl Rove is an outside agitator._

              by susanala on Fri Nov 06, 2009 at 10:10:14 AM PST

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