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Story from the Field

Name of Health Department/Agency: Tri-County Health Department
State: CO
Date Added: 11/23/2009
Themes: Communications - General H1N1
Issue Summary: Changes in public messages for H1N1 PODs
Description of Issue(s): Not enough vaccine was being distributed for H1N1 PODs
Actions taken to address the issue(s): We deliberately refrained from a state and local public announcement about the availability of H1N1 vaccine to the public.  We responded to media inquiries and referred people to our website for clinic locations and times.  However, a planned press release announcing our program to have community vaccination clinics was postponed.  We also had to screen potential participants for inclusion in the Tier 1 priority group.  Those who were not were turned away.
Outcomes that resulted from actions taken: As media attention waned about the clinics, fewer people accessed our PODs as time went on.  We averaged about 2000 H1N1 doses per clinic in the first week and last (third) week, we averaged 1250 doses per clinic.  This was important since we did not realize the increase in vaccine supply that we were told to expect.  Recently, we were told that we would not receive *any* vaccine the week of November 30.  It was clear that we could not continue to provide vaccine at our community PODs at the same rate that was initially demanded by the public.

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