It's clear that despite some jitters, many more people want the H1N1 swine flu vaccine than can get it so far. Reports from the first round of mass vaccinations in Chicago told of long lines, all-day waits and hundreds turned away. Round two came yesterday, and so I went. I was eager to witness the mass hysteria, riots and cannibalism sure to ensue, as people clamored for the scarce shots and nose spritzers. I did not find that. Instead, I found basically a bunch of pretty reasonable, patient people who understand that the health workers are doing the best they can with limited resources. That's not to say people weren't disappointed. I arrived at Truman College at about 4:00 p.m., just as they were starting to turn people away. The clinic was supposed to be open form 3:00 -- 8:00 p.m., to accommodate working stiffs who couldn't get there during the day. But all the doses were maxed out within an hour of opening the doors. One reason that people seemed largely to take this in stride is the fact that people got a number when they arrived, and when the numbers ran out, people were simply told to come back next time.
Oct. 28, 2009
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Welcome to my new home at Vocalo.org. This is where you'll find me writing about the media exclusively from now on.
In my new role, I look forward to redefining my old broadcast beat, while expanding the scope of my reporting to include print, the Internet and whatever else comes along. Best of all, every reader will be welcome to offer instant feedback and participate in what I hope will be a lively, ongoing dialogue about media issues.
In case you haven't heard, Vocalo.org is an interactive online community hosted by Chicago Public Radio, the nonprofit parent of WBEZ-FM (91.5). Launched in 2007, Vocalo.org is designed to be a virtual "public square" where people are invited to share ideas and opinions about everything going on in our metropolitan area. It serves as an outlet for audio content generated by users on both the website and WBEW-FM (89.5).
As my new boss, Torey Malatia, explained to me, my hiring (and that of other bloggers who'll be added in the coming weeks and months) is at the heart of plans to expand Vocalo.org and fulfill its potential as a vital and thought-provoking gathering place.
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