Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrth says she’d do “Jabapalooza” again, but would line up more help to do the paperwork.
There was joy in the streets on Fourth Avenue in the Glebe on Saturday as about 200 teachers, construction workers, nursing moms and others trooped down to Dr. Nili Kaplan-Myrths practice to take one in the arm to fight COVID-19.
I had concerns. I was booking three patients every five minutes, (but it worked) like clockwork, Kaplan-Myrth said in late afternoon.
If anything, the family practitioner said the marathon vaccination session, with 220 doses of AstraZeneca doled out, showed family doctors should have been involved in Ontarios distribution system from the beginning of the COVID-19 battle.
We should have been given a chance. We have the experience and the patients its logical.
Jabapalooza, as the session was dubbed on social media, began a few weeks ago, when Kaplan-Myrth received her first stock of 220 doses. Oddly, she was having difficulty lining up takers for the vaccines due to concerns over AstraZenecas association with a rare clotting problem for some recipients.
There have been five confirmed cases of the clotting across Canada, four of which were relatively minor. The fifth case, a man in his 60s with preconditions including heart issues and diabetes, resulted in that patient recovering in hospital.
Kaplan-Myrth was finally able to deliver those 220 initial doses and received 220 more. By this time, the eligibility age for AZ had dropped to 40, she was being approached by non-patients who had heard about her practice on social media and she was able to fill the appointment book for Saturday.
Backed by a team of medical students for jab-related duties and community members who handled things like maintaining the city-approved roadblock to create a lawn chair waiting and recovery room on Fourth Avenue, the jabbing was mostly done by 4 p.m.
I would do it again, Kaplan-Myrth said.
But next time, she added, shell try to line up more assistance for the inevitable paperwork and clerical work involved.