Health officials lift vaccine restrictions

Posted: Tuesday, December 01, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The state is lifting restrictions on who can get a swine flu shot.

State health officials said that starting Tuesday, anyone who wants the vaccine can get it when shots or spray doses are at distributions points.

Health officials had limited the vaccine to Alaskans in five priority groups identified by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Several states besides Alaska have lifted restrictions on who may get vaccinated. Public Health Division immunization manager Laurel Wood said the vaccine supply appears to be loosening up.

She said the state initially estimated 300,000 Alaskans might be interested in getting vaccinated. Alaska has been allocated 160,000 doses and Wood said 10,000 to 15,000 doses per week are coming in.

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