Saturday, October 31, 2009

... must ... have ... brains ...

Today is Halloween but the scariest fear for many is called the H1N1 virus. Unexpected demand has led to long lines throughout the county and a shortage of vaccine doses. People in droves are being turned away, dejected -- well, in this case uninjected. Vaccine is now being rationed to high risk groups like children and pregnant women.

The Newssun reports that Lake County Board Chair Suzi Schmidt was in Round Lake Beach, Thursday, at a public vaccine clinic ...
The line starts here
Your LakeCountyEye heard that Schmidt was seen waiting in line until about 10am. Later she complained to Libby Collins on WKRS about being unable to obtain the vaccine.

Your LakeCountyEye is an old hand at rebuffing the various ghoulies and goblins that haunt the streets on Halloween night. But the thought that there are zombies out there who ... must ... have ... vaccine ... gives your LakeCountyEye pause. Your LakeCountyEye will not be answering the doorbell tonight.


Crazy4glf said...

Did Ms. Schmidt meet any of the criteria to be ELIGIBLE for the vaccine?

Didn't the GOP Members of Congress deem spending on pandemic prevention and treatment wasteful when it was part of the stimulus package? Now Ms. Schmidt is demanding to receive preferential treatment?

Also, why is there a shortage? Could it have something to do with the fact that the government is dependent on like 2 organizations to manufacture the vaccine? I am not advocating that the government should manufacture the vaccine, however since there are those that state the market will police itself, that the market is benevolent, and that the market will meet any challenge out there, this may not be a good example of that.

Like it or not - USDA, FAA, HHS, or on a local level - we are healthier and safer because of a modicum of government involvement (unless the agency in question was led by a Bush appointee like Mr. heck-of-a job Brownie!)

Barney Baxter said...

hi Crazy4Glf,
I dunno if Suzi Schmidt is looking to get to the head of the line. I suppose if she were, a sitting Board Chair would know which strings to pull. But the whole H1N1 thing strikes me as a systemic clusterfuck. HHS was given and believed rosy production estimates, which they shouldn't have imo. They allowed/encouraged the media to fuel an H1N1 panic. Which they shouldn't have imo. My hunch is when it's all over H1N1 will have been no more dangerous than West Nile.