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  1. Also for interest: A short Canadian article on medical decision-making and consent in paediatrics.
  2. Just for clarity: Our sites also do require explicit consent. The difference seems to be in how it's documented. As a vaccinator, I ask, explicitly, "Do you consent to receive Pfizer covid 19 vaccine today?", and the patient says,"Yes!", and I tick the consent box on the electronic medical record, and administer the vaccine. Or they say, "No", I document that they've declined, and I don't administer the vaccine to them - I've had a few decline. I can't remember the legal reasons why it's like this here, something to do with paper consent forms and signatures for minor procedu
  3. I don't think so. Ours are mixed by hospital pharmacists, who definitely know what they are doing, then distributed to the vaccinators for administration. The mixing is done very carefully, as per strict protocols.
  4. Quite sure. DS and I got our vaccines through the same clinic. No physical signing of anything (I also haven't ever physically signed anything for the kids childhood vaccines. Those were verbal consent at the family doctor's office. Consent was explicit, and documented in the chart, but no signatures) ETA the process is completely paperless. ETA again: I do sign for flu shots at work, but I think that's because they're administered by my workplace and they are tracking who's had one and who hasn't.
  5. @Pen I administer mRNA vaccines at a mass vaccination site. Nobody is getting placebo! Our process doesn't involve any signatures. Consent to receive vaccine is verbal. Age 12+ consent for themselves, unless there is a capacity issue. Patients register (demographics and insurance) online or by phone when booking their appointment. Information about the vaccines is available for review at that time. In clinic, vaccinators identify the patient, ask the screening questions, answer any questions, get explicit verbal consent for covid vaccine (specifically for either Pfizer
  6. DS13 developed a sore lymph node in his armpit (same side as the shot) about a week after his first dose. It settled down after a couple of days. Second dose is scheduled for September.
  7. My oldest is 13. So far, we've gone into the room with him, but I think he might be ready to go alone next time. He'll decide for himself. I do all the booking, since I'm the one driving and I'm the one with the tricky schedule. Our family doctor is both sex-matched and race-matched to our kids (well, matched to the POC parent. The kids are mixed race). We didn't actively seek this, but I'm glad that's how it's worked out. Mine are boys. But, regarding gynaecologists: they don't do primary care here. Pap tests, birth control, STD screening and management and other primary
  8. DH has and electric fly swatter. He loves that thing. It makes a very satisfying zapping noise. No insecticide in the house!
  9. I've tried to inoculate mine (mixed-race kids) by formally studying racism and social justice at home, through a CRT lens. We homeschool, but DS 13 (finishing grade 7) will likely go to public high school. I figure that if he already has a thorough grounding in antiracism through a CRT lens at home, then that will be protective against any poorly taught antiracism content that might happen at school. He understands that structural racism is a systemic problem wth historical roots, and not the fault of any one person. He understands the concepts of bias (we all have some), privile
  10. I think so too. I will feel terrible if he gets VITT though. But I will also feel terrible if he gets covid while waiting......
  11. You can weight a bedsheet by picking open the side edges of the top hem (which is usually wide)and sliding a broom handle in there. Makes it a bit wind-resistant, and hang nice and straight without wrinkles. Edited for clarity: Hang it upside-down so that the broom handle is at the bottom, of course.
  12. For sure. But if there is a cut off, it should at lest make some kind of mathematical sense! i’m fortunate enough to be in a province that’s very low regulation, so I don’t have any personal experience. But it seems that 33rd percentile is used as a cutoff to trigger a review in several states , and it just doesn’t make any sense to me to be flagging kids whose test results are well without the range of normal.
  13. That's also why 15th percentile actually does make sense as a cut-off to trigger a review (at least it makes sense to me), because those below the 15th percentile are below one standard deviation from the mean and are statistically not normal.
  14. SIRVA article form Canadian Family Physician (professional journal). Accessible to all.
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