Expectant mother having hard time getting H1N1 vaccine

By: Aaron Luna Email
By: Aaron Luna Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - In just 35 minutes the Mesa County Health Department says 400 slots for Wednesday’s H1N1 vaccine appointments were filled. The demand for the vaccine is extremely high and people that want the vaccine but haven't been able to get it are getting emotional.

Kristal Stollings and her fiancé Cory Howard don't know if they're having a boy or a girl, yet.

But they do know they want to keep their child safe. Stollings says, "Always using the hand sanitizer always washing my hands and I hate feeling like that but I'm really scared that something's going to happen."

That's why for the last couple days Stollings been trying to get an H1N1 vaccination at the Health Department. Stollings says, "So I call it today and they tell me that all the appointments are filled up."

The Health Department says they started scheduling people for shots at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Health Department spokesperson Kristy Emerson says, "Those appointments were filled by 9:35 a.m."

Originally the Health Department took people on a first come first serve basis but for this latest batch of 400 vaccines they changed that policy, Monday afternoon. "That way we don't have people standing in line we're able to able to get them indoors and it makes the process a lot more efficient," says Emerson.

But Stollings says that just wasn't enough time, "They could at least let us know what's going on."

Because of the limited supply the Health Department can only vaccinate high risks groups. Emerson says, "And our hands are really tied as to how much we can offer."

The Health Department doesn't know if the next shipment of H1N1 vaccine will be the mist or the injection. Only healthy people that aren't pregnant between the ages of two and 49 can get the mist.

So until they know what they are dealing with, health officials can't say how they'll distribute it, which means Stollings will be back on the phone next week. Stollings says, "I'm trying to protect myself and my baby it's just kinda hard to when they don't have any."

Health officials say you can't try to go to another county to try and get the vaccine. You have to stay in your own county.

Wednesday the Montrose Health Department is holding a walk-in clinic. They will administer both injected and mist forms. Delta County is hosting a flu–mist clinic for kids at Garnet Elementary School Wednesday and Cedaredge Middle School on Thursday.


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