The flu flap around the special H1N1 influenza vaccination clinic for the Calgary Flames continues.
The fired Alberta Health Services worker, who has been called a scapegoat and sacrificial lamb by the public and opposition parties, may not be the only person facing the consequences for giving the green light to about 60 flu shots for hockey players, their families and team management at a private clinic. The province has said it is still investigating and other people could yet be disciplined for the debacle.
Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach put his moral compass to the controversy this afternoon.
"It is deplorable. Obviously, heads did roll. It's not right. Obviously somebody in a position of trust broke that trust," he told reporters in Calgary.
Some people have accused Flames management of acting unethically by even asking public health for special treatment in the first place. After all, most of those inoculated wouldn't fit provincial guidelines of "high-risk" for developing complications from the virus since there are few chronically ill people, mom's-to-be and children associated with professional hockey. Morever, every day last week it was well reported that members of the public stood in six-hour lines for the vaccine, but last Friday night, the Flames organization received a private audience with the vaccine.
But Stelmach steered clear of placing ethical blame with the NHL franchise.
"All I know is there was somebody in a position of trust and that trust was broken in a system that's publicly funded," he said, "… It wasn't the right thing to do for the people in charge of handling the vaccine."