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Fairfax Health Director Says H1N1 Shortage Is Short-Term

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Fairfax County has only received 10,000 of the 47,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine it was expecting. As a result, the county will hold a mass vaccination instead, on Saturday at the Fairfax County Government Center.
Jonathan Wilson
Fairfax County has only received 10,000 of the 47,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine it was expecting. As a result, the county will hold a mass vaccination instead, on Saturday at the Fairfax County Government Center.

In Virginia, Fairfax County's Health Director says despite having to scale back her county's plans for vaccination clinics this weekend, she's confident everyone who wants the H1N1 vaccine will eventually get it.

Fairfax County Health Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu says her county received approximately 10,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine, instead of 47,000 it was expecting.

"Obviously it's a disappointment because people were counting on getting the vaccine this weekend, or having their kids get vaccinated," Dr. Addo-Ayensu says.

The health department has now canceled ten vaccination clinics it was planning for this weekend.

Addo-Ayensu says her staff will hold a single, mass vaccination instead -- on Saturday at the Fairfax County Government Center.

She also says vaccine shortages likely are short-term.

"If we get a large shipment in, then we will go to the ten-site plan. So I don't want people to get discouraged," she says.

This weekend the county will target young children from 6 months to 36 months old, and pregnant women two populations at high risk for H1N1.

Jonathan Wilson reports...

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