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Big turnout for pilot H1N1 vaccination clinics

More than 1,000 students received the H1N1 vaccine at two Halifax area high schools this week.

More than 1,000 students received the H1N1 vaccine at two Halifax area high schools this week.


About 400 students at Sackville High received the swine flu shot Monday as part of a new pilot project started this week by the Capital District Health Authority. Then yesterday, 620 students at Citadel High in Halifax were vaccinated at the second school-based clinic.


John Gillis, spokesman for Capital Health, said the numbers from Sackville High represented about 50 per cent of students in class that day. A similar percentage is represented by Citadel's total.


Sackville High and Citadel were the two schools used in this pilot project, which saw the clinics remain open after school to the general public until 9 p.m. Another 900-plus people were vaccinated in this time at Sackville High.


Gillis said the plan is to go to other high schools in the Halifax Regional School Board in the coming weeks. He said public health staff is meeting at the end of the week to finalize dates.

 
 
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