Bill Roger. a father from Nova Scotia, is fearing for the safety of his 14-month-old daughter. He said that kids without a family doctor are waiting too long for routine vaccinations. This means that infants are not receiving shots against measles, polio, and whooping cough fast enough.
Bill Roger of Bridgewater stated that his daughter is on the waiting list to receive vaccines. He said that he has no clue when she will get them.
“We don’t want our children getting measles and tuberculosis. Or polio. Polio is dangerous. Don’t let it come back.”
In Nova Scotia, 72,000 people are waiting for a physician. As for babies, they are scheduled to access routine vaccinations through Public Health.
“That’s an equity issue,” he said. “There’s one segment of the population being treated and the other [not].”
Roger also stated that Public Health’s phone system was not working for some time and that many of his calls were unanswered. Still, the Public Health representative called later that day and apologized to Rodger.
Rodger said it is “unbelievable” that Public Health would have a bad phone system during the crisis.
Catherine Hebb, a Public Health director for Nova Scotia’s western zone, said that if routine childhood immunizations are delayed, a catch-up schedule is available.