H1N1 vaccination community clinics expands to all residents
Stearns County's Public Health Division of Human Services is reminding residents of the H1N1 vaccine availability at three community clinics this week. These clinics target those who don't have insurance or are under-insured as well as K- through 12th-grade children, but have now expanded to anyone wishing to be vaccinated in response to the recent Minnesota Department of Health expansion of criteria.
These community clinics will be held at:
Cold Spring: 3 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, St. Boniface Parish Center, 501 Main Street.
St. Cloud: 2 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, Stearns County Service Center, 3301 County Road 138, Waite Park.
Melrose: 3 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, Human Services Offices, 114 S. 1st Ave. W.
Appointments are not required but Public Health is requesting persons register for a time-frame to report to the clinic. To register for the vaccination, call 877-STCLOUD (1-877-782-5683). That phone number will be operational through 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 16, 2009. There is no cost to receive these vaccines.
Those who are considered highest priority for getting the H1N1 vaccine:
People who live with or care for children under the age of 6 months;
Health care workers and emergency personnel;
All children, adolescents and young adults aged 6 months through 24 years;
People aged 25 to 64 who are at risk of complications because of an underlying medical or immune system condition.
Priority remains at these targeted persons but any resident is now eligible to receive H1N1.