Wall Street Received Their H1N1 Vaccines – Morgan Stanley Sent Theirs to the Hospitals
Posted Nov 06 2009 10:01pm
Many employers provided the vaccines and put in requests to receive them, but the last line in this article is what I find somewhat strange, why did Morgan Stanley get their allotment ahead of the hospitals in the first place. Who’s running the distribution here when we have people frantically trying to find the vaccine? BD
NEW YORK – Some of New York's biggest companies, including Wall Street giants Goldman Sachs and Citigroup, received doses of swine flu vaccine for at-risk employees, drawing criticism that the hard-to-find vaccine is going first to the privileged.
Hospitals, universities and the Federal Reserve Bank also got doses of the vaccine for employees who need it the most, such as pregnant women or chronically ill workers, according to the city's health department.
Goldman Sachs has received 200 doses, and Citigroup has received 1,200, health officials said.
In statements, Citigroup and Goldman Sachs said the vaccine would only go to those in high-risk groups.
"Goldman Sachs, like other responsible employers, has requested vaccine and will supply it only to employees who qualify," spokesman Ed Canaday said.
Morgan Stanley received 1,000 doses of the vaccine for its New York and suburban offices, but the company turned over its entire supply to local hospitals when it learned it received shipments before some area hospitals, spokeswoman Jeanmarie McFadden said.