73-year-old retired nurse among those ready to help with immunizations

After four years in retirement, Marcia Carr returned to nursing during the first wave of the pandemic. She is among the retired and current healthcare professionals waiting to be deployed wherever they are needed to help immunize Canadians.
By: Heather Marie Connors
January 08, 2021
Photo by The Canadian Press/Darryl Dyck

Last month B.C.’s regulatory colleges of nurses, doctors and pharmacists called on their retired members to be placed on the COVID-19 emergency health provider registry.

Marcia Carr, a former clinical nurse specialist, returned to the profession during the first wave of the pandemic, and now wants to hit the ground running to help administer COVID vaccines.

"I feel a very strong professional responsibility and accountability that if I've got this knowledge and the skills and ability that I need to be part of the solution," said Carr.

So far, inoculation rollouts across Canada have been slower than expected. But many doctors, nurses, pharmacists and community health workers stand ready to administer vaccines in community settings, once that becomes possible.

"Staffing should not be an issue. People are ready to sign up, to volunteer, to work during business hours, after business hours so that every person in this country gets the vaccine that they need” said Dr. Naheed Dosani, a palliative care physician who works with seniors and homeless people in the Toronto and Peel region.

Dave Deines, president of the Paramedic Association of Canada, said that paramedics have vaccination training and in some areas are already helping to provide vaccines to long-term care residents.

"I think paramedics have shown the value they can contribute to fill health-care gaps during the pandemic," said Deines. "Hopefully, policy-makers will recognize this and rely on paramedics to play an integral role in the vaccine rollout."

The Ontario Medical Association recently released a set of recommendations, calling for vaccines to be administered in schools, mobile vans, arenas, and other large indoor and outdoor spaces. The Health Ministry in that province acknowledged that work is underway to allow people to help with vaccinations, and that details would be provided later.

Source: Prince George Citizen


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