Vaccination clinics rescheduled
The Alameda County Public Health Department has rescheduled a series of H1N1 vaccination clinics that had originally been slated for this Saturday. The vaccinations will be offered only to people who are considered at high risk for complications from the virus.
The December 5 clinics were canceled on November 24, when county public health officials opted to instead redirect 11,000 doses of the county’s stash of H1N1 vaccine to health care providers who said their lists of high-risk patients who had not yet gotten the vaccine were escalating. Additional doses of the vaccine were slated to be delivered to the county this month.
Some 650,000 Alameda County residents are considered at high risk of developing complications from contracting the virus, public health officials said, and only they will be vaccinated at the clinics due to a continuing, national shortage of the vaccine.
The high-risk group eligible to be vaccinated at the clinics includes pregnant women; people who care for children under the age of 6 months (including parents, siblings and child care providers); children and young adults ages 6 months to 24 years (and note: children 9 and under will need a second dose of the vaccine in three to four weeks); and people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have chronic medical conditions that put them at higher risk of flu-related complications.
The department will host a series of clinics from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 12, including one here in Alameda. That clinic will be at the old gymnasium at Alameda High School, 2201 Encinal Avenue.
Additional clinics will be held at Hayward Fire Station #6, 1401 West Winton Avenue, Hayward; the Hall of Commerce at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, 4501 Pleasanton Avenue, Pleasanton; American High School at 36300 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont; and a to-be-announced location in Oakland.
Updates will be available at the Alameda County Public Health Department’s website.