San Luis Obispo County has received its first substantial batch of H1N1 vaccine.
The Public Health Department announced Oct. 30 the arrival of about 5,600 doses of the vaccine; health officials had requested 40,000 from manufacturers.
According to public health officials, the majority of the batches received so far have gone to pediatricians, OB/GYN providers, and Emergency Medical Services personnel.
“We anticipate that eventually, every person who wants a vaccine will receive one,” public health officer Penny Bornstein said in a news release.
Cal Poly and all of the county’s hospitals received portions of the latest batch and began vaccinating people meeting CDC requirements. Hospital doses are so far reserved for health care workers and high-risk in-patients.
The San Luis Obispo Office of Education announced Oct. 30 that all local school districts will offer free H1N1 vaccinations as doses become available in the upcoming weeks.
Due to delivery delays and the time required to notify parents, school vaccinations are expected to start after Nov. 10.
While any official estimates of upcoming shipments have “gone out the window,” Public Health manager Michelle Shoresman said
vaccinations are on the way.
As of Oct. 29, San Luis Obispo County has a total of 21 flu-related hospitalizations and 111 people have shown lab results consistent with the H1N1 strain.