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Minister apologizes for flu shot lineups

Health Minister Ron Liepert says he’s sorry that thousands of Albertanshave been forced to line up for hours to get swine flu shots this week.

Health Minister Ron Liepert says he’s sorry that thousands of Albertans have been forced to line up for hours to get swine flu shots this week.

“I would express my apologies for having to wait in line,” the minister said yesterday.

“The overwhelming turnout by Albertans on Day One clearly caught most people by surprise.”

“We administered 38,000 doses of vaccine Monday in these mass clinics. It’s quite remarkable and those front-line workers were run off their feet.”

People in Calgary spent up to six hours in line at four clinics, while in Edmonton the wait was up to four hours at five clinics that began giving shots Monday.

Doctors’ offices in Edmonton were packed with swine flu victims yesterday, but most patients were showing relatively mild symptoms.

Schools have also been flooded with calls from parents with sick kids and some coughing students were sent home.

Liepert said health officials quickly realized they needed to take action.

Over the next couple of days, 11 additional immunization sites will open across the province, including another large clinic in Calgary, he said.

 
 
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