Getting vaccinated while you shop

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

GLEN ALLEN, VA (WWBT) - People lined up at Virginia Center Commons mall Wednesday, all awaiting their chance to get the H1N1 vaccine. The state health department launched a clinic inside the mall so people can get the shot or mist while they finish up their last minute Christmas shopping.

"I'd say it's convenient. I'm surprised there's no longer line than it is," said shopper, Lum Mitchell.

For 6 hours shoppers could walk in, sign up and within minutes they'd be vaccinated -- all free of charge. State health officials are hoping the convenience of such easily accessible vaccination sites will help stop the spread of swine flu.

"Now we really need to reach out to those people who say yeah I'd like to get a shot but I just haven't found the time," said State Health Commissioner, Karen Remley. "This is a real easy way to say hey while your wife is out trying on clothes and you're the husband bored at the mall come get your vaccine."

"Actually I was very impressed," said shopper Seth Levine. "I didn't know it was going to be free so that's kind of a cool thing that it's really helping the public and trying to get everyone as safe as possible."

Vaccination sites in the mall wont just end here. Health officials have plans to host them at other public places in the future including other malls and even sporting events.

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