Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth had worked a long time to get doses of vaccine to offer patients in her Glebe family medicine practice.
Now she has 200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine and is gearing up to start administering it on Monday. But she has had a hard time booking patients.
Some patients say they don’t want the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has been the subject of reports of rare blood clotting events, preferring to wait until they can book for a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
“Literally, people are shopping for vaccine. It makes doctors feel like we’re used car salesmen. I have never encountered anything like this before,” said Kaplan-Myrth.
“It’s like buying tickets to a rock concert. People keep trying to get better seats.”
Of the 200 AstraZeneca doses, Kaplan-Myrth has bookings for only 39 doses so far, even after she spent two days personally calling patients over 55, then opened up her vaccine offer to the general public on Twitter.
“There are anti-vaxxers, but this is a different thing. No one had ever asked me before about the manufacturer of a vaccine,” she said.
Boo-hoo, bitch! Why shouldn’t we shop around?
I know in a country with universal medicare you’re not accustomed to Canadians thinking for themselves re: their healthcare options, but now they are. About time! 🙂
“This is people taking misinformation and using it as an excuse to shop around. People are being entitled and privileged. The right thing to do is to take whatever is offered to you.”
The right thing for you to do, Doctatoress, is to STFU and do your job!
There’s also a whiff of generational friction at play. Since the AstraZeneca vaccine is only available to people over 55, people in that demographic have more choice than younger people.
On March 29, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization recommended that AstraZeneca not be used for patients under 55.
That advice may be updated soon to include younger people. But as it stands, every person over 55 who delays because they want a different jab makes someone under 55 wait even longer for their chance, said Kaplan-Myrth.
“It’s boomers being privileged.”
It’s unfair of people over 55, who often have grown children and are retired or working from home are less likely to be exposed to COVID-19 risk, to take Pfizer or Moderna if they have another choice, said Kaplan-Myrth,
“Let people who have no other options take the Pfizer. You take the AstraZeneca. They are both proven to prevent severe illness from COVID,” she said.
“People think they can pick and choose. They’re just doing what suits them. It’s demoralizing.”
Good on the Boomers! 🙂
If you’re demoralized, sweetie, GTFO of healthcare! 🙂