The Mass Depart of Public Health informed us yesterday that we will finally receive our first shipment of H1N1 vaccine by early next week. They indicated that they will then restock us on a weekly basis. Here is how we can make this work smoothly for everyone:
Higher Risk Patients
Our staff is already calling those patients who are higher risk (pregnancy, college age, working with young children, underlying significant medical problems such as diabetes and asthma) to arrange for their shots early next week. As of this post we are not positive when we will receive the shipment. However, we believe we will have it by Monday and we plan to give this group their shots before Christmas.
All Other Patients
We do have a list of each OHC member who requested an H1N1 when available, but others of you may want to get the shot. We should be able to offer H1N1 shots to everyone beginning the week between Christmas and New Year’s, or the latest the week after that, depending when DPH really sends us the followup vaccine order.
If you do not receive a call from us this week (again, we are now calling everyone we believe to be higher risk) but want to indicate or reaffirm your interest in the H1N1 shots, please email to email@example.com or call in to the office. We will update this blog regularly as we hear more from DPH.
We are now contacting our higher risk patients now for H1N1 immunizations next week. We expect to be able to immunize everyone else in the practice within two weeks or so after that. Please stay tuned to our website for updates.