Health District changes upcoming H1N1 vaccination clinics to 'appointment only'
SPOKANE, Wash. – The Spokane Regional Health District announced Thursday that the upcoming H1N1 influenza vaccination clinics are being changed from 'walk-in' clinics to 'appointment only' clinics.
The one exception is the public clinic scheduled for Airway Heights Community Center on November 18 which will remain a walk in, H1N1 nasal spray vaccination clinic.
The following four clinics are by appointment only - call for an appointment on November 23 and 24, at 324-1648 between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
December 1, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Spokane Valley Partners
December 2, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
West Central Community Center
December 8, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
East Central Community Center
December 10, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Northeast Community Center
The change will allow for a more manageable flow of patient traffic, avoidance of long lines and will diminish the chance that people will arrive after all the vaccine has been distributed. Only those who are among the CDC’s prioritized groups will qualify for the free vaccine.
"Our public clinics are just one way that people can get the H1N1 vaccine in our community," said Dr. Joel McCullough, Health Officer for the Spokane Regional Health District. "Many area healthcare providers continue to receive both the nasal spray and injectable vaccine. It is our hope that people will call their healthcare provider first, and if they cannot get a vaccination there, our clinics are the next option."
To schedule an appointment, people must be in one of the CDC’s prioritized groups, listed below.
When you call for an appointment, a scheduler will let you know the availability of the vaccine types for the different clinics.
At this time, these groups will be able to receive a free vaccine at the Health District’s upcoming clinics.
H1N1 Nasal spray vaccine:
Healthy people ages 2-24 who are not pregnant
Healthy adults ages 25 -49 who are healthcare workers OR who live with or care for an infant less than 6 months old
H1N1 Flu shot vaccine, if not eligible for the nasal spray:
Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age...
Health care and emergency medical services personnel who provide direct patient care...
All people 6 months to 64 years of age - who have underlying health conditions
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