As a physician in a small Vancouver medical group, I want to express dissatisfaction about two COVID-19 issues.
I am happy that the local health department has arranged for easy COVID-19 testing now. However, it seems like they are about six months late. Mass testing should have started being available long ago.
The second issue is access to the vaccine, which in Vancouver is presently available only at the two big hospitals. Small groups struggle for “patient-facing” workers to get vaccinated. Well, we did eventually get on the list, but only because we have a connection with one of those large groups. Other small groups have no method to obtain vaccinations. We have tried calling the state and county health departments, but no one has any answers. When did this “planning” start, and why isn’t it organized yet? Many other parts of the country have large drive-thru sites for vaccinations. This doesn’t even begin to address the issue of when small groups will receive vaccines to give to patients.
In closing: a friendly reminder to wear your mask and make sure it covers your mouth and nose. It does no good for you or others if air leaks out the edges of the mask.