DENVER - The state health department has enough H1N1 flu vaccine to offer shots to any Coloradan who wants one.
Before Wednesday, the state health department restricted vaccines to medical workers, children and adults with chronic
health conditions that put them at risk of severe illness.
Vaccinations will be available in La Plata and Archuleta counties next week without restriction.
The San Juan Basin Health Department is sponsoring its last two clinics limited to high-risk groups today and Saturday.
The clinics are a good chance for pregnant women to get a shot or for children younger than 9 to get their second shot
without waiting in long lines, said Adam Dreyfuss, public health emergency planner for the department.
Next week, the department will send vaccines to Walgreens and City Market, and it will sponsor the first open clinic at
the Durango Mall on Dec. 18.
Dreyfuss said the local vaccine program has been smooth so far. Every student at 17 schools who wanted a shot got one
in the span of five days of clinics, he said.
We've had this incredible turnout from the community in terms of staffing and volunteers," Dreyfuss said.
Earlier bottlenecks in vaccine supply have cleared up.
The federal government is continuing to send vaccine to the state, and as our supply continues to improve, we want to
promote it for all those who want this protection," said Ned Calonge, chief medical officer of the health
Local health departments in Colorado have received more than 1 million doses of H1N1 vaccine so far, and about 1,500
locations statewide are providing shots.
Some people should not get a shot, including:
b People who are allergic to eggs or have had allergic reactions to previous flu shots, or people who got
Guillain-Barré syndrome within six weeks of a previous shot.
b Children younger than 6 months.
b Anyone who is moderately sick and has a fever.