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Rain thins out crowd for swine flu vaccine clinic

By Melissa Correa - bio | email
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – Mother Nature is thinning out the crowd at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds. Less than 150 people showed up early to get a swine flu vaccine. 

Bring it on. Rain, wind and cold temperatures couldn't’ keep them away. Debra Swift and her daughter are the first to park, four hours ahead of the start time.

“I'm not trying to be 850 in line,” she said. 

There’ no way that would happen today. Chesterfield is offering 400 nasal mist vaccines and 200 shots.  

“No I didn't second guess it. I'm asthmatic and she's asthmatic,” Debra said. 

Instead of the lawn chairs and blankets we saw last week, Debra and her daughter are taking comfort in her car where it’ warm. 

As folks come in to the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds to get their swine flu shot, for the most part they're being lined up in the order they come in, but once the clinic opens its first come, first serve. A few cars down a dad and son talk strategy. 

“I said, Isaiah, as soon as 3 PM gets here I want you to be the first one at that door, running through mud puddles and everything else,” said father Kermit Brown. 

Nineteen year old Isaiah Benitez is asthmatic and desperate for a dose.

“At this point I think anything goes. Anything can happen,” Isaiah said. 

Clinic staff expected a larger crowd and hope more arrive after school. It’s the first time tickets are still available well after a free clinic started. As for Debra, she lost the battle to be first in line. But she says she won the war against Mother Nature. 

“I'm determined. We're going to get our shots today,” Debra said.

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