Calif. fills orders for more than 5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Department of Public Health announced Nov. 18 the tally for filling H1N1 vaccine orders stands at nearly 5.2 million doses, with all 61 local health jurisdictions in the state receiving allotments of the vaccine.

"We are proud of our efforts, working with our local partners, to ensure that all the H1N1 vaccine allotted to California moves from federal suppliers to California communities as quickly as possible," said Mark Horton, director of CDPH. "While delay in vaccine supply has caused considerable frustration, we urge Californians -- especially those in targeted groups -- to remain patient and stay current on the availability of vaccine in your community."

As of 6 p.m. Nov. 16, 5.29 million doses had been allocated to California by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and CDPH had filled orders for 5.19 million doses. This represents enough vaccine for about 13.4 percent of California's population.

While there are more than 13,000 vaccinators registered with the state to provide the H1N1 vaccine, CDPH works with local health officers to prioritize the orders in ways that reach target groups first, while also ensuring an equitable distribution and as much efficiency as possible, the agency said.