Province expands access to H1N1 vaccine, hospital visitations resume

Getting vaccinated for H1N1 may get easier over the next few days as the Capital District Health Authority expands the number of places where people can line up for the shot.

Starting today, students at Sackville High will be eligible for the vaccine during regular school hours. A second school-based clinic is slated to open at Citadel High tomorrow, and both clinics will be open to the general public after school until 9 p.m.

Peter Graham, spokesman for the Capital District Health Authority, said the clinics are part of a pilot project that will be expanded into other area schools over the next couple of weeks.

“Right now, we’re in discussion with the school board to organize additional clinics,” Graham said. “The details are still being worked out.”

As the province continues on the downward slope of the second wave of the pandemic, officials have also eased up on restrictions surrounding visitation in area hospitals. As of Friday, the IWK Health Centre and other capital health facilities returned to normal visitation policies.

Two weeks ago, concerns about the spread of H1N1 prompted hospitals to limit the number of visitors a patient could receive and turn away any visitors under the age of 12.

Both Capital Health and the IWK are still urging people who are displaying flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting anyone in the hospital.

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