Doctors in Nova Scotia have started getting doses of H1N1 vaccine to provide to patients in their offices.

 

A spokesman with the Capital District Health Authority said Friday about 13,000 doses of the vaccine have been allotted to family physicians in that district.

 

John Gillis said they would have to share the supply, with each doctor getting between 40 to 60 doses.

 

He said about 260 family doctors placed orders for the vaccine and it was being delivered to offices Friday, while some other districts got it earlier in the week.

Doctors had to meet certain criteria to get the supply, including having a pre-existing seasonal flu vaccine program and the ability to properly store it.

“Most of the people who asked for it have flu programs anyway,” he said.

Some physicians had received early supplies of the vaccine weeks ago, but that stopped with a slowdown in vaccine production.