When it comes to the swine flu vaccine in Pierce County, some school districts are more equal than others.
Below, University Place Superintendent Patti Banks cries foul about the way county health officials allocated scarce vaccine doses to clinics at six high schools, not including Curtis High School. (The “Mike and Debbie” refer to the reporters who wrote the story on the school clinics.)
Mike and Debbie – I want to share with you my concerns about the communication and decisions of the health department with regard to the H1N1 vaccination clinics featured in your story today. We heard of these clinics (which, as your story indicates, the health department has been “closed mouthed” about) only last week.
We immediately contacted the health department for details, since we’ve been working hard to keep our schools and community informed, and had promised that we would let them know when and if vaccination opportunities would be available.
We had also specifically communicated to the health department that we would like to have a vaccination clinic at Curtis High School. The health department (Charron) promised to stay in contact with us and let us know when they would be doing this. This did not occur; last week, Charron at the health department told John Sander, Director of Special Services in UPSD, that she was sorry for not keeping in touch with him.
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