Health authorities expect steady demand at H1N1 clinics

Vaccination clinics should continue to see a steady stream of people inthe next few days after the H1N1 vaccine became available to thegeneral public Friday, a spokesman for Capital Health said yesterday.

 

Vaccination clinics should continue to see a steady stream of people in the next few days after the H1N1 vaccine became available to the general public Friday, a spokesman for Capital Health said yesterday.

 

John Gillis said traffic at vaccination clinics was “steady but not overwhelming” Friday and Saturday. No clinics were open yesterday.

 

Gillis said each time a risk group gets added, area clinics fill up for a few days and then taper off, and he expected this latest time to be no exception.

 

As for those looking to get the shot through their family doctor, Gillis said most vaccines have been ordered by family physicians, but the public is advised to check with their family doctor before going to get vaccinated.

Dr. Robert Strang, the province’s chief medical officer, said people should get vaccinated, but there is no rush because there will be plenty of opportunity in the coming weeks.

The province has about 70,000 available doses and is expected to receive 135,000 adjuvanted doses early this week.

Strang said the campaign was expanded Friday to help more than 100,000 people older than 65, the most recent priority group, who haven’t been eligible for an injection.
- with files from The Canadian Press

 
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