Ca: Vaccination consent forms raise concerns about privacy

Christina Spencer reports:

Ontario’s hodge-podge of different consent forms for people seeking the H1N1 flu vaccine has raised concerns for Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner.

It has also led Ann Cavoukian’s office to investigate why at least one regional health unit has requested both drivers’ licences and OHIP cards at public vaccine clinics.

Cavoukian said that in the run-up to the mass immunization program, no public health units consulted her office, nor did the province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. As a result, not all of the forms — which people must sign to obtain their shot — explain properly how personal information will be protected.

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