While thousands of people stood in the cold for hours last week to be inoculated against the H1N1 virus, the Calgary Flames arranged for their players to receive the flu shots away from the crowds.
A spokesman for the hockey club said "most" of the team received the vaccine on Friday, a day before tight supplies spurred the province to restrict inoculations to only Albertans deemed to be at greatest risk.
The team didn't say if the players were inoculated with the same supply of vaccine Albertans are receiving, or if they'd somehow managed to make arrangements to get it elsewhere.
Alberta Health Services is looking into the matter.
A spokesman for the health board said if the Flames jumped the board's queue to get the shots it was a "mistake."
The hockey club suggests, however, that it spoke to someone with the health board beforehand.
I'm okay with the Flames (or any NHL team) getting the shot even when other Albertans aren't. I think with the travelling they do they should be considered an "at risk" group. I certainly understand if people disagree with me on that.
But after what the Oilers have gone through this season, including things like Moreau's child getting H1N1, it feels like a real kick in the pants. Should it be the Oilers' responsibilty to push for this like the Flames apparently did, or are they doing the right thing by waiting their turn?
I would argue that people in my profession are far more at risk than hockey players who have the very best of medical treatment at their sides at all time, yet I don't think its right for me to get the shot over kids and sick people who could die from it.
If they push, Alberta Health will want to find the "mistake"
yeah, the Sun and Journal (in edmonton, anyways) have more often than not found themselves on the same side of the coin, going after Stelmach and his gov't over how this and other issues have been dealt with.
Normally they can't get their focus together. Lately, they've been doing what the political opposition can't...and effectively. Maybe it won't get buried, but the sort of dismissive and defensiveness that the government heads have taken up lately makes me a little skeptical. However, I'd love to hear their explanation when they've 'figured it out'.
Hate to say it people, but just like in everyday society, money is king. These guys are multi-millionaires, working in a billion dollar industry. Of course they are gonna jump the line ahead of the everyday "average" joe. Not saying i'm in favour of it, but as i stated before money rules.