H1N1 for general public delayed

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by admin on November 19, 2009

No shortage of vaccine

The vaccination schedule in the CSSS des Collines is changing, with school-aged youth between five and 20 years old added to the priority group and the vaccination of the general population delayed for at least a week.

Spokesperson Lucie Marcil said the changes are due to a shift in priorities to vaccinate young people first, and not due to a shortage of vaccine.

The clinic in Val des Monts will be open Nov. 17-19 from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., with coupons allocating time slots available for pickup beginning at 7 a.m. The group of five to 20-year-olds has been added to the scheduled priority group, which includes pregnant women, children between six months and five years old, the chronically ill and those living with babies younger than six months or people with immune system deficiencies.

Vaccination for the general population was scheduled to begin Nov. 24 in Masham, but Marcil said the general rollout will be delayed for at least another week. The Masham clinic will instead serve the same priority group, with the addition of youth aged five to 20, Nov. 24-26.

The Val des Monts clinic is located in the J.A. Perkins Room, 17 du Manoir Rd. The Masham clinic is at the arena, 20 Raphael Rd.