Officials stress more vaccine on the way

The Fort St. John Medical Clinic has yet to receive its second shipment of the H1N1 vaccine.

Spokesperson Lorraine Gerow says Public Health is telling the clinic that the vaccines have been held up in Prince George.

350 vaccines were given at Thursday’s clinic, and officials ran out of vaccines at 4:20 p.m. Officials are still waiting for another batch of vaccines to arrive.

Gerow says the next clinic will be postponed, until further notice.

It the meantime, the EnCana Events Centre in Dawson Creek is holding two clinics, for at-risk individuals only. The clinics are being held on Friday until 9:00 p.m. and on Monday, November 2nd from 9:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

There will also be a clinic at the Fort St. John Health Unit on November 6th, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Those eligible for the shots include:
– Persons under the age of 65 with chronic conditions
– Pregnant women in the second half of pregnancy
– Persons who live in remote and isolated settings or communities

Meanwhile, on November 10th, 17th and 24th, there will be clinics held in the Pomeroy Hotel Ballroom. Vaccinations will be given from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. each day.

These three clinics are for:
– All the above groups
– Children aged 6 months to less than 5 years of age
– Health-care workers
– Household contacts and care providers of infants less than 6 months of age and persons who are immunocompromised.

But, it’s expected that not everyone will be immunized in the week beginning November 9th. The federal government has advised all provinces that they won’t be receiving as many doses of pandemic vaccine in the next few weeks as anticipated.

A press release from the Federal Government is saying "each region will need to gauge supply and demand, and there may be some differences in timing because of these variables". The federal government is citing ‘unexpected delays in manufacturing’ as the reason for the vaccine hold-up.

But Minister of Healthy Living and Sport Ida Chong stresses that anyone in B.C. who needs or wants the vaccine will be able to receive it before the end of the year.

B.C. has ordered more than four million doses of the vaccine.

For regular updates on vaccine clinics, Click Here, and visit http://www.fsjmedicalclinic.com/

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