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NB Paramedics, nurses and other health care workers refused to give leave to receive the COVID-19 vaccine

Some paramedics, nurses and other health care workers in New Brunswick who were due to receive the COVID-19 vaccine this weekend are now being denied time off to attend their appointments in Miramichi despite being among the priority health care workers received an email on December 11th asking them to attend the province’s first vaccination clinic at the Miramichi Regional Hospital on December 19-20. The deadline was December 14th, but it was a “first come first” served basis, “said Andrew McLean, president of CUPE Local 4848, which represents about 1,000 paramedics and dispatchers. Interested paramedics came in quickly and as soon as they got one If this conflicted with their work schedule, you requested leave from Ambulance New Brunswick, which is operated by Medavie Health Services. “The message we received [Dec. 14] From our employer is that they couldn’t allow people scheduled to work on the 19th and 20th to receive this vaccine, “McLean said. No reasons were given, he said. Medavie spokeswoman Christianna Williston said the decision had been hit. ” Exercise caution and ensure we have adequate coverage to meet the needs of the New Brunswickers. “She couldn’t tell how many paramedics had been given appointments. The COVID-19 vaccination application process is administered by Public Health and this is why Medavie has no information on how many Public Health employees have been approved and offered appointments.” We know that there are only a limited number of vaccinations available this weekend. However, COVID-19 vaccination clinics are being offered “to qualify qualified health workers in all health zones of the province in the near future,” Williston said in a statement emailed. For those employees who are absent and capable of Ambulance New Brunswick vaccinated this weekend, they will reimburse travel and appointment time, mileage or vehicle rentals, and meal expenses. McLean said he didn’t know how many paramedics applied, but estimated at least 10-15 per region. West, North, East and South. For those who have been accepted and have a labor dispute, the union believes that Medavie should at least try to replenish them by calling other paramedics. “We understand we can’t shut down the service,” he said. “We have to offer a service. We understand that. That’s what we do. We want to make sure the communities are safe and secure.” However, when it comes to these vaccinations, the more doctors we can treat faster. the better it is for everyone – for ourselves, our families, and the people we may be exposed to in the future. We are therefore of the opinion that the company should do everything possible to remove as many people as possible. Williston didn’t respond directly to why Medavie didn’t ask other paramedics if they were ready to do so, it is clear that the paramedics to receive the COVID-19 vaccine are trying to cover their shifts from other paramedics themselves, said McLean, The government, which identified the priority groups, does not intend to act based on testimony from Health Secretary Dorothy Shephard Tuesday, who said that this first batch of Pfizer vaccines has logistical and planning requirements – “and that applies to our health partners as well. “We cannot leave our ambulances unmanned,” she said. “And so it will be up to Ambulance New Brunswick to process these requests as securely as possible to ensure our trucks are manned.” Shephard stressed that more vaccine doses and different types of vaccines will come. Vaccines that do not have the same cold storage requirements, making them more easily distributed and accessible across the province. “Everyone needs to know they’re getting their vaccines, especially our priority groups, but may not be first batch.” Should be as easy as possible for them. Green Party leader David Coon said he had heard from a paramedic concerned and wrote a letter to Shephard saying, “The system must accommodate the paramedics, not the other way around.” “Absolutely necessary” that it be It is as easy as possible for frontline health workers to attend their appointments to get their vaccinations, he said. Coon pointed out that it was the government’s decision to centralize the original cl. Inic in Miramichi, so the system must accommodate those who need to travel there. “We have to vaccinate these people as soon as possible and not leave them behind because their boss is not giving them any free time.” If Ambulance New Braunschweig cannot find out how to give people time to vaccinate despite personnel problems. “Then we have bigger problems.” Coon said he was surprised to hear the same problem had occurred with Horizon Health network workers because, unlike Ambulance New Brunswick, which is privately managed, Horizon is a government purview. The problem should have been anticipated, he said. People’s Alliance chairman Kris Austin said he had heard reports that paramedics couldn’t get shift changes for their vaccine appointments and “thought it was a bit petty”. You don’t choose your appointment. EMO [the Emergency Measures Organization] plans for them, “Austin said. Augustin says there should be an opportunity for the” handful of “paramedics eligible for the vaccine to be shifted to accommodate this.” I am very disappointed with this and it is something that I hope will be corrected. “‘Discouragement’ for Nurses Paula Doucet, President of the New Brunswick Nurses Union, said it was” disheartening “that their members could not get the vaccine this weekend if they choose to.” The nurses have stepped up during this pandemic in this province and now that they are identified as priority staff on the front lines to receive the vaccination, [they’re] said, “Well, no, you can’t go because we can’t figure out how to cover these layers so you have the time to get vaccinated.” “Up to 400 nurses in the province could be affected. The Horizon Health Network is” unable to release employees from outside the Miramichi area who are expected to work December 19 or 20 to get the vaccine, “said hiring manager Maura McKinnon working in the Miramichi area “may be released from their duties if operational requirements allow,” she said. All Horizon employees who have vaccine appointments this weekend will be paid their regular hourly rate for scheduled travel times to and McKinnon of Miramichi Regional Hospital, in addition to an hour to get the vaccine. Additional vaccination clinics will be set up in each health zone in the coming weeks and months and all Horizon employees will have the opportunity to get vaccinated “, added her. The Vitalité Health Network will make “reasonable efforts” to recruit employees who have expressed interest. Upon receiving the vaccine, spokesman Thomas Lizotte said: “It will therefore be possible to change certain schedules as long as they do not have a material impact on our service,” he said.