Gitmo: No line no waiting...
"They get the same the same quality medical care and treatment options that are provided to service members"
Even as some Americans await the arrival of their swine flu vaccines, the Pentagon has decided to vaccinate both soldiers and terror suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.There was no word Wednesday on when the the first vaccines would reach the remote base in southeast Cuba.All of these overseas contingency operators are going to see how well we treat them and they will no longer engage in man caused disasters...
But U.S. military there were notified late last week that service members would get their H1N1 virus vaccinations first. Private contractors and sailors' wives and children could get theirs afterward ``as the supply permits.''And that means the 221 war on terror captives would also be vaccinated first, said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Brook DeWalt, a Guantánamo spokesman.
"They get all the same quality medical care and treatment options that are provided to service members,'' he said by telephone. "But they don't have to wait for appointments.'
'Each detainee would be given the vaccine on a voluntary basis, just like "with our seasonal flu vaccination program,'' said Army Maj. Diana R. Haynie, a prison camps public affairs officer.Guantánamo senior staff also had no plans to address the overarching question of whether a vaccine named colloquially for a pig would present particular challenges.
Instead, Haynie said, a detainee could raise any concerns when he is offered it in person.Haynie added that the detention center's Muslim American `"cultural affairs advisor'' said "there is no religious reason for detainees not to receive the H1N1 vaccine.''