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Vaccine program revamped

Alberta is revamping its swine-flu vaccination program to focus theremaining doses of a dwindling supply on pregnant women and childrenbetween six months and five years of age.

Alberta is revamping its swine-flu vaccination program to focus the remaining doses of a dwindling supply on pregnant women and children between six months and five years of age.

After this highest priority group, people under 65 with chronic health conditions will be next in line for the shots, Health Minister Ron Liepert announced yesterday.

Liepert said the province remains committed to giving the vaccine within the next two months to all Albertans who want it.

“No one likes to turn away citizens of this province from receiving their vaccination, but unfortunately with a limited supply we are left with no choice,” he told the legislature.

The head of the Alberta agency in charge of distributing the swine-flu vaccine said he won’t apologize for choices made by the government despite a reversal on who will be allowed to get the shots.

Stephen Duckett, president of Alberta Health Services, said yesterday that many people who otherwise wouldn’t have been vaccinated are now keeping others safe from the virus.

“So I’m not going to stand back and say, ‘Look, I’m sorry we vaccinated 370,000 people.’ I think that’s a good achievement,” Duckett said.

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