Elmsdale H1N1 clinic sets maximum of 300 vaccinations today

Sherry Martell
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A maximum of 300 people will receive vaccinations at the East Hants Resource Centre in Elmsdale today.

Krista Wood, spokeswoman for the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, said the site is small in size and the maximum capacity relates to staff and not the supply of vaccine itself.
The clinic will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and the authority is attempting to give priority to pregnant women at 20 weeks gestation or more, as well as families with children age six months to five years.
"Once the district reaches it's daily capacity all individuals arriving will be asked to visit another scheduled clinic in Colchester East Hants or other surrounding communities," said Wood.
Individuals arriving at the clinics should expect long waits and the potential they will be asked to visit another scheduled clinic.
The Colchester East Hants Health Authority has been inundated with visitors to its vaccination clinics since they opened the first clinic on October 27.
"The Colchester East Hants Health Authority wants to reassure residents that all those who want the vaccine will be able to receive it in time and is asking for their patience as it works to deliver
the vaccine as quickly as possible," said Wood.
While the clinics were planned to deliver services to residents from Colchester East Hants, an estimated 75 per cent of the visitors to the Elmsdale clinic have been from the Capital Health area. As much as possible, individuals are encouraged to visit clinics in their home communities.
The IWK, in partnership with Capital Health will be holding vaccination clinics for pregnant women on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 at the O.E. Smith Auditorium at the IWK. The clinics will operate from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. each day. Women at any stage of pregnancy may attend. Capital Health is also expected to begin public vaccination clinics on Monday which is expected to help reduce demand in our district.

Organizations: Colchester East Hants Health Authority, East Hants Resource Centre, Capital Health IWK O.E. Smith Auditorium

Geographic location: Elmsdale, Colchester East, Hants

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