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Wall Street Gets Flu Shots

POSTED: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 8:17am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

There's fresh anger over the shortage of H1N1 vaccines after reports several Wall Street firms have already received doses, ahead of many hospitals.

Citi Group, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and the New York Stock Exchange each say in statements they followed procedures by requesting vaccines with the New York City Health Department, the agency responsible for filling vaccine requests.

The health commissioner says corporations are considered partners in distributing vaccines to high risk employees and insists no firm received special treatment.

Critics say the H1N1 flu has risen to a national emergency, with children and adults are dying while high risk patients are not able to find the vaccine.
Many doctors and hospitals in New York City have yet to receive the vaccines.

Lenox Hill Hospital says it has received 200 doses so far. Goldman Sachs reportedly received the same amount. The CDC is in charge of working with states and local governments on distributing the vaccine.

On Thursday it sent out a notice to health officials urging them to review plans to make sure doses are delivered to those at greatest risk as rapidly as possible. Meanwhile, Wall Street is trying to reduce its own risk of more fallout with the public. Several banks have pledged to vaccinate only its high-risk employees.