October 13, 2009
A total of 506,200 doses of the H1N1 vaccine have been allotted to Texas by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the first two weeks of national allocation of the vaccine supply.
Texas’ allocation for the week that ended Oct. 2 was 142,400 doses, all of it the nasal mist form of the vaccine.
Texas allocation for the week that ended Oct. 9 was 363,800 and included 235,000 doses of the injectable, or shot, form and 128,800 more doses of the mist form.
DSHS is providing the mist form to some registered providers to vaccinate 2- and 3-year-olds. The shot form supply is being provided to some registered providers to vaccinate pregnant women, 4-year-olds and children 4 years through 18 years of age who are at higher risk of serious consequences should they get the flu.
Some 12,000 Texas providers have registered to receive the vaccine.
CDC allocates vaccine to the various state health departments each week. DSHS apportions Texas’ allotment based on vaccine formulation, priority vaccination groups, geography and other factors.
DSHS then notifies the providers to go online to confirm that they still want the vaccine. Once confirmation is received, DSHS issues shipping instructions to a distributor to send the vaccine to the provider. The process can take from five to 14 days depending on volume and provider response time.
DSHS officials expect the weekly availability of the vaccine to be low for the first few weeks with volume predicted to increase later this month. They said initial vaccine quantities are not high enough for public vaccination clinics to be held. They are urging providers and the public to be patient.
Texas expects to receive 15 million doses of the vaccine by the end of January.
DSHS will provide another vaccine allocation update early next week.
(News Media Contact: Doug McBride, DSHS Press Officer, 512-458-7524.)
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