Hundreds line up for swine flu shot in Chesterfield

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Nurses at the Chesterfield County Health Department are seeing the last of the patients. By the end of the day, they will have administered 800 H1-N1 vaccines.

Just like the Energizer Bunny this line just keeps going and going. Long and tiring indeed. The clinic started at noon; well after the crowd formed. Some were treating today like a campout.

"We came prepared with leapsters and DS and books and snacks," said one mother of two.

...And lots of time for wishful thinking.

Melissa Correa: "Anything you wish you brought?"
"A few chairs I think and I think like a catering service maybe," she said.

By noon the line was an estimated 500 people long. In order to get a swine flu vaccine you needed a ticket. After dropping the ticket in the bucket and a nurse will hand you a consent form. It's the final stop, before you get the shot.

8 nurses poked and spritzed the 800 vaccines.

"We would not want to immunize anyone who is sick with fever or anything anymore serious than that," said Page Cecil, Chesterfield County Health Department.

People between the ages of 2 and 49 who are not pregnant or have a serious medical condition were asked to consider the nasal mist. People not willing to risk being turned away, covered their faces. Police blocked line cutters and illegal parkers.

Melissa Correa: "Were you expecting something like this today, a long line like this?"
Resident Robin Willis: "I was expecting worse."

They all agree today's not the day to be fashionably late.

Melissa Correa: "You are standing on your feet for at least two more hours."
Robin Willis: "No I've got the ground."

Another vaccine clinic is scheduled for later this week with one following next week.

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