HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 13 The Department of Health today announced it will conduct statewide clinics from Nov. 20-22 to administer free H1N1 vaccine to individuals in the recommended target groups that have not had previous access to the vaccine.
Individuals in the recommended target groups must schedule an appointment time, day and location prior to the clinic in order to receive the H1N1 vaccine. This will help ensure that the correct type and amount of vaccine is available at each location.
"Our goal is to get the H1N1 vaccine to as many people as possible who are at risk of suffering serious complications from the virus," said Deputy Secretary Michael Huff. "These public health clinics will help us do just that with the amount of vaccine that is currently available to us."
The department asks that only individuals in the following groups attend the clinics:
A total of 18 health clinics, three in each of the department's six districts, will be held on Nov. 20, 21 and 22. Clinic hours on Friday, Nov. 20 and Sunday, Nov. 22 will be 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Hours on Saturday, Nov. 21, will be 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Appointments can be made at www.H1N1inPA.com under "What's Hot," 24 hours a day. Individuals without internet access can call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Lines are limited.
Anyone seeking vaccination should download an H1N1 vaccine consent form from www.h1n1inPA.com. Consent forms must be completed for each individual that has scheduled to be vaccinated. Preparing this form in advance will help the clinics more quickly register and vaccinate people.
As more vaccine becomes available, the department will schedule additional clinics throughout the state.
Visit www.H1N1inPA.com to learn more about priority groups, potential vaccine side effects and other important information.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that eventually there will be enough vaccine for everyone who wants to receive it, but that may be several months away.
Media contact: Stacy Kriedeman, 717-787-1783
Editor's Note: Below is a list of the locations in each of the six community health districts where the H1N1 immunization health clinics will be held on Nov. 20-22.
Northwest Community Health District
Northcentral Community Health District
Northeast Community Health District
Southwest Community Health District
Southcentral Community Health District
Southeast Community Health District
-- Individuals between the ages of six months and 24 years; -- Household contacts and caregivers for children younger than six months; -- Pregnant women; -- Healthcare providers and emergency medical services personnel; and -- Individuals under 65 years of age with underlying health conditions, including asthma, diabetes, suppressed immune systems, heart disease, kidney disease, and neurocognitive and neuromuscular disorders.
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Health