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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Snohomish Health District
State: WA
Date Added: 11/20/2009
Themes: Vaccine Supply and Distribution
Issue Summary: How to rapidly administer thousands of doses of vaccine
Description of Issue(s): In a county of nearly 700,000, an estimated 300,000 persons were deemed eligible for initial doses of H1N1 vaccine.  To reach a goal of 100,000 doses administered in 3 weeks, administration through usual venues (provider offices & pharmacies) or through public health clinics was deemed insufficient.
Actions taken to address the issue(s): Beginning in September, representatives of the four hospitals, four major outpatient groups, a tribe, EMS providers, and pharmacies met weekly to plan mass vaccination clinics.  Each hospital, major clinic, or EMS group agreed to staff an individual clinic. City and county emergency management personnel provided ancilary support (communications, security, volunteers, etc.).  On October 24, nine sites administered approximately 4700 doses to pregnant women and children under 5.  On October 31, ten sites administered over 22,000 doses to persons in all the ACIP priority populations. 
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: Approximately 27,000 doses were administered over two days in a countywide effort reflecting strong partnership between the local public health agency and the medical community.

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