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Thursday, January 27, 2022

Alachua County to provide free H1N1 vaccines

Gators who forgot to sign up for H1N1 vaccines at the Student Health Care Center will have another shot  Saturday.

Vaccines will be given at four sites around the county: Fellowship Church of High Springs, Easton-Newberry Sports Complex, Trinity United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church Waldo. All locations will give vaccines from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. except First Baptist Church Waldo, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Both the injectable and nasal mist form of the vaccine will be offered.

The Alachua County Health Department does not expect to run out of vaccines, and vaccinating high risk groups will be a priority.

The groups at highest risk are pregnant women, health care and emergency workers, people who live with or care for infants, children between 6 months and 4 years and children between 5 years and 18 years who have pre-existing conditions.

Once those groups have received their vaccinations, people between 5 and 24 years old and people between 25 and 64 who have pre-existing conditions will be next in line.

“We are encouraging citizens who are most at risk for severe complications from H1N1 swine flu to receive the vaccination,” wrote Jean Munden, administrator of the health department, in a press release.  “Getting a vaccination is the primary means of preventing infection.”

In order to speed up the process, people can download and print consent forms from

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