Sting jump to front of vaccine line

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, Last Updated: 5:53 PM ET

The Sting have been stung.

The team's doctor confirmed this afternoon he inoculated the players of the Sarnia Sting following a game in Kitchener, Ont. on Sunday.

Dr. Gary Barwitzki said he gave the players the vaccine, believing it was going to be released to the general public on Monday.

This follows a widespread public backlash following a similar scenario with the Calgary Flames hockey team earlier this week. The vaccine still hasn't been administered to all those considered high-risk, including the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions.

Team owner Rob Ciccarelli said Friday he was not aware the H1N1 vaccine was offered to the team and he did not know who authorized the shots.

The general public will not have access to the vaccine for at least another week, said Vicki Hawksworth, Supervisor of Lambton's Community Health Services Department.

"It sounds to me like it was a misunderstanding that's happened," she said. "Certainly, we're targeting our priority group. ... It's hard to react when I didn't know about it until right now."

Wait times for the shot at Bayside Mall clinics were about one hour on Friday.

"That tells me we're still getting people in the priority group coming out and we're still immunizing them," said Hawksworth.


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