Washington, DC – The DC Department of Health (DOH) announced that in the 100 days since beginning H1N1 vaccination clinics it has successfully hosted over 50 free clinics at 25 different locations in the District, and has administered over 25,000 H1N1 immunizations. DOH has also allocated over 180,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine to providers and clinics in the District.
“I am so proud of all of the Department of Health employees who worked so hard to make our early H1N1 response and vaccine distribution a success,” said DOH Director Dr. Pierre Vigilance. “Even though our first 100 days of vaccine distribution have put a large amount of vaccine in the community it is important to remember that flu season is not over and vaccine is still available across the District for anyone who has not taken the important step of getting vaccinated to protect themselves and their family.”
In order to best serve the entire District population, DOH used a variety of approaches to ensure widespread access and distribution of the vaccine. DOH made sure to host H1N1 clinics in each ward in the city during flexible evening and weekend hours. Many of the clinics were held in District public schools, recreation centers and senior centers.
In addition to DOH H1N1 clinics, the vaccine was also made available through many healthcare providers who signed up to administer the vaccine. The providers included community health clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities, occupational health clinics, health care associations, private practices, obstetricians and gynecologists, pediatricians, pharmacies, faith-based organizations and surrounding universities and schools.
DOH has also reached out to the community to help prevent the spread of the flu. Over 1,000 business toolkits and educational materials were distributed to local small businesses and hotels. Clinical information updates to over 30,000 healthcare providers were sent out on a weekly basis and over 180 registered providers who partnered with DOH received H1N1 vaccine posters. DOH also collaborated with The Washington Post newspaper to distribute educational pamphlets to households in the District. In order to efficiently promote our clinics, DOH used radio, television, newspaper announcements, internet and Mayor’s 311 citywide call center to inform residents about availability of H1N1 vaccine, answer general questions related to H1N1 and advertise our free H1N1 clinic schedules.
To find a nearby H1N1 vaccine location and other information on preventing the spread of the flu, visit www.flu.dc.gov.