H1N1 flu: King County vaccination clinics ran out of vaccine fast

King County Public Health has announced that those special H1N1-flu-shot clinics – including one in White Center – have already run out of vaccine. Here’s the announcement:

Public Health to suspend H1N1 clinic end of day Friday
3000 people at highest risk vaccinated in three days; to resume operations when more vaccine available

Public Health’s four H1N1 vaccination clinics will suspend operations at the end of the day Friday, October 23. As a result of high demand at these four sites, all the vaccine initially set aside for this purpose has been used and no additional vaccine has become available because of the national delay in vaccine production. Vaccine continues to be available through some health care providers in King County , but remains in very short supply.

Over the three days of the vaccination clinic this week, an estimated 3000 people without health insurance and with significant health problems received H1N1 vaccine at the Public Health clinics. While all health care providers are facing shortages, many of those most in need of vaccine will have the opportunity to receive vaccine in the coming weeks, as the expected delivery of additional orders will bring the total amount received in King County to 90,000 doses by next Friday, October 30.

“We wish we had more vaccine available now, but are hostage to current unpredictable delays in national vaccine production. With limited supplies, it’s all the more important to make sure that we use every dose as soon as we can,” said Dr. David Fleming, Director and Health Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County . “We’re glad we were rapidly able to use the doses we had to protect many people at highest risk.”

Public Health is responsible for the allocation of all H1N1 vaccine to the health care community in King County . Because there is less vaccine than is needed, supplies are distributed proportionally and in rotation based on the date of provider order. By the end of next week, most King County health care providers are expected to receive the first portion of their requested amount to vaccinate their highest-risk patients. Public Health plans to resume H1N1 vaccination clinics when the next allocation for its clinic order comes due.

As more vaccine comes into the county and to health care providers each week, people should contact their health care provider to find out when they expect to receive vaccine. Health care providers who have not ordered vaccine may still do so from Public Health.

Visit the Public Health H1N1 influenza website at www.kingcounty.gov/health/H1N1 for updates on vaccine availability in the community or call the Flu Hotline at 877-903-KING (5464), which will be staffed with operators to answer questions for King County residents about H1N1 influenza. Hours of operation with operators will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; recorded information will be available 24 hours a day.

9 Replies to "H1N1 flu: King County vaccination clinics ran out of vaccine fast"

  • Furious in West Seattle October 24, 2009 (2:16 am)

    Funny how a woman like me cannot get the freaking vaccine yet, JUST BECAUSE I HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE!!!

    -kidney transplant so my immune system is jacked due to meds
    -no spleen (which fights certain infections)
    -I have a 7mo. old infant
    -I am pregnant!!!

  • Hillary October 24, 2009 (9:15 am)

    “Furious in West Seattle,” that is terrible!

    I received an email this morning.

    There are clinics in Snohomish today:


    I hope you are able to get vaccinated soon!

  • jiggers October 24, 2009 (10:27 am)

    I got mines at my hospital same time with the regular flu shot last week at Virginia Mason. I’m first in line since I produce no natural anti-bodies.

  • dottie October 24, 2009 (11:19 am)

    I find it odd that they specify the shots were given to the uninsured when I know insured people who received H1N1 shots at the White Center clinic last week. Pregnant women referred there by their doctors because their own supply was delayed. Be vigilant and call around. Good luck!

  • a parent October 24, 2009 (2:31 pm)

    I fit the high risk profile as well and feel everyone’s pain! I ended up chickening out about going to the White Center clinic for fear of tons of sick people! It’s frustrating to wait while more and more people around us are coming down with the H1N1 flu. According to my dr.’s office all reported cases of flu are H1N1; there’s no seasonal flu here yet. Virginia Mason (according to this thread) and Harborview are the only hospitals I’ve heard of having the vaccine. Hopefully we’ll get one soon…

  • anon. October 24, 2009 (3:41 pm)

    Based on the link above we went to the Snohomish Mill Creek clinic. It was a drive, but well worth it. We were in an out in 10 minutes. Check the link above for more dates. They were only vaccinating young children and pregnant women, I believe.

  • Furious in West Seattle Finally Vaccinated October 26, 2009 (12:03 am)

    Thanks for posting the link Hillary,
    We rushed up to Everett Sat. morning after my mother slipped a printout through our door mail slot (at 3am and scared the hoobiwewees out of us!!!) of all the one day clinics for those pregnant and/or with children 6mo. to 5yrs(?). Glad for you “jiggers”! Good luck “a parent”!!

  • Asthma Parent October 28, 2009 (12:07 pm)

    My kid has severe asthma… when she gets a cold, we have to go on prednisone just to keep her breathing at all. I am VERY worried about this flu, and any flu.

    It totally pisses me off that ONLY uninsured people were able to get this. How stupid is that? I went to White Center, told them I was uninsured, and waited for about 1 hour and a half. After waiting and waiting… and standing in many lines. She finally got her vaccine.

    I couldn’t believe the poor service and bad protocols used by King County Health. They were vaccinating people at a rate of 10 per hour…. and required NO proof of citizenship as they were supposed to. The process was very unprofessional. They had 600 vaccines at White Center, and they lolligagged it out for 3 days. Any other place could deliver that in number a couple hours… and let the kids get back to school, and parents back to work. (Oh yeah, none of them work so they may as well spend the day there.)

    Why take sooooo long? They were using the vaccination clinic as some sort of social service chat session too. Why make people stand in many lines? The “high risk” kids had to sit in many different chairs, and that maximizes contact with other people by requiring everyone to touch the same chairs. Why not prioritize risks? Amongst the “high priority”, they established no triage criterio for the people they did have… eg. Parents of babies should be lower than children with severe chronic conditions and pregnant women.

    I favor “public health” but this experience gave me great reservation.

  • potter November 12, 2009 (2:22 pm)

    Furious in West Seattle that’s why everyone should have health insurance. If everyone had health insurance no one would discriminate against you.
    Vote for single payer health insurance.

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