Most of us the Saturday after Thanksgiving here in the USA: "I really don't feel like having a turkey sandwich, but hey, it's in the fridge and I'd hate to waste it." There is no threat of a bioterror attack in the Midwest at this current time. If you had to choose the cities in America where a threat might occur, St. Louis, Missouri wouldn't make the top 20. Who submitted the grant applications and why? Do the first responders have the right to full informed consent and to refuse this vaccination?
St. Louis Emergency Personnel Get Anthrax Vaccine In Federal Test St. Louis Emergency Personnel Get Anthrax Vaccine In Federal Test
From this article:
Emergency responders in St. Louis are among the first to receive the anthrax vaccine as part of a federal program to inoculate local personnel.
Health officials from Washington University and local health departments have begun giving the vaccine to first responders who volunteer as part of a federal program testing the distribution of the shots to emergency personnel
Anthrax is a disease contracted when a person consumes or inhales deadly spores of anthrax bacteria. When modified to a powdered form in a lab, anthrax can be distributed through the air by terrorists.
Emergency responders such as firefighters, emergency room workers and police are especially are at risk of contracting the illness in the event of a bioterrorism attack....
....There is no imminent threat of anthrax bioterrorism in St. Louis, House said. The Department of Homeland Security chose St. Louis and the other city, Oxford, Mississippi, because they submitted strong grant applications.
But it is important to inoculate first responders before the vaccines expire, Zink said.
Anthrax vaccines have a shelf life of only a few years. After that, they are discarded. The program is a way to use the vaccines in the stockpile and mitigate a potential threat.