In its haste to provide vaccination direction, the government has mistakenly overlooked the fact that chest x-rays and other medical imaging studies are the first point of medical contact in diagnosing Covid-19 patients. Including radiology with opticians, podiatry, holistic care, and massage therapy underlines the degree of the oversight that must be immediately addressed.
The COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force has not recognised radiology clinic physicians and medical imaging technologists as a higher priority part of Ontario’s vaccination prioritization program plan despite:
Ontario’s Radiologists and medical radiation/ultrasound Technologists and staff provides:
Immediate action is required to protect front line staff.
Please urge the Premier, the Health Minister and the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force to include radiology clinic physicians, imaging technologists and staff in the Phase 1 vaccination prioritization program plan to protect them and their patients.