Update: Over five hundred people receive free flu shots Saturday

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Signs were in several languages
King County Public Health offered free flu shots at Parkwood Elementary on Saturday, November 20. (see previous story).

Our photographer, Steven H. Robinson, decided to take advantage of the offer and get a few photos in the process. Because of HIPAA privacy regulations, he was unable to photograph any people.

However, Public Health had two goals with this clinic. Their main goal was to practice handling large groups of people in a medical emergency. They thought it would be a good way to distribute this year's flu vaccine.

People waiting were divided into three lines
There were a 100 customers lined up when the doors opened and Steve reports that they were processed in just forty minutes, doing the paperwork and the shots in that amount of time.

The set up used FEMA/DHS protocols. Workers were organized by assignment and wearing orange vests.

Additional information from Public Health:
Thanks for your coverage of our flu vaccination clinic last Saturday at Parkwood Elementary. As a quick follow-up, I'd like to offer a clarification about how many people we vaccinated.

At the time your photographer came by, we had been open for less than an hour and had already vaccinated about 100 people. The clinic continued until 1 p.m., and we were thrilled to vaccinate about 550 people in all. In addition, we vaccinated over 600 people at the other clinic we were operating at the same time that day in Des Moines.

It’s great news that so many people took advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves and the people around them from getting the flu. It also gave us another opportunity to practice providing vaccinations to a large number of people in a short amount of time, in case we need that capacity for future health emergencies.

Thanks again for your coverage, and for everyone who came out to see us and get vaccinated.

James Apa
Communications Manager
Public Health - Seattle & King County
 


1 comments:

James Apa November 24, 2010 at 11:50 AM  

Thanks for your coverage of our flu vaccination clinic last Saturday at Parkwood Elementary. As a quick follow-up, I'd like to offer a clarification about how many people we vaccinated.

At the time your photographer came by, we had been open for less than an hour and had already vaccinated about 100 people. The clinic continued until 1 p.m., and we were thrilled to vaccinate about 550 people in all. In addition, we vaccinated over 600 people at the other clinic we were operating at the same time that day in Des Moines.

It’s great news that so many people took advantage of the opportunity to protect themselves and the people around them from getting the flu. It also gave us another opportunity to practice providing vaccinations to a large number of people in a short amount of time, in case we need that capacity for future health emergencies.

Thanks again for your coverage, and for everyone who came out to see us and get vaccinated.

James Apa
Communications Manager
Public Health - Seattle & King County

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