Emergency doctors call for greater transparency on COVID-19 vaccine rollout
Paramedics wheel a gurney out from the emergency department at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, January 14, 2021 8:49AM EST
OTTAWA -- The professional group for emergency doctors in Canada wants more transparency about COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
The Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians is calling for a clear description of who is being prioritized for the first doses and why.
It also wants priority to go to those directly caring for patients who are critically ill or suspected of having COVID-19.
The association says many members in areas with limited human resources have not been vaccinated, but urban providers who have less patient contact appear to have received doses.
A Wednesday statement says communication about the process so far doesn't support claims that the vaccine rollout will follow an ethical framework.
Many doctors don't know when they will be vaccinated and the association says that needs to change.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 14, 2021.