Long lines for vaccine in Kane Co.

October 26, 2009 8:53:10 PM PDT
Thousands of people in Kane County waited in long lines on Monday for their first chance at free H1N1 vaccines. But many were turned away.

There will be other opportunities. More clinics are scheduled for next month. Click here for a clinic schedule.

Vaccines were offered on Monday in St. Charles, Elgin and Aurora.

Other clinics in the Chicago area have begun giving out the vaccine, but the response in Kane County to has been massive. They were offering about 12,000 doses of the vaccine in three different locations, and people were willing to wait more than three hours in line to get them.

The gym at one Kane County location is set up like a military operation. Volunteers point people at the first available nurse for an inoculation. Some have waited three hours, but those in line here are taking no chanced.

"I just have heard too many horror stories about children getting sick. It's worth it to wait if you can be health," said Ann Parkin, parent.

Kane County is offering vaccinations at three locations. Some get the shot. Others get the nasal spray.

"I check like one hour to in the line but it's fine. I'll wait whatever they want for everybody," said Miguel Valerio, parent.

"I have no clue what to do now but to get the vaccination and wait in line for it," said Dominique Carter, health care worker.

Each location has about 4,000 doses of the vaccine and health care workers are giving them to patients; those 6 months to 24 years, child care or health care workers or those with preexisting conditions get a wrist band which assures they will get the vaccine today. Others will have to wait.

"I think all in all once we were able to get them in line and up here to the building things went pretty smooth," said Cmdr. Mike Langston, Aurora Police Department.

Kane County officials say they hope to offer the clinics every Monday for the next couple weeks, depending on the supply of the vaccine being shipped to them. That has been the big issue just about everywhere.

Kane County Clinic Schedule:

Monday, October 26, 4 PM - 9 PM
East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Lane, Aurora
St. Charles North High School, 255 Red Gate Road, St. Charles
Larkin High School, 1475 Larkin Ave., Elgin

Monday, November 2, 4 PM - 9 PM
Dundee Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road, Carpentersville
Central High School, 44W625 Plato Road, Burlington
Illinois Math and Science Academy, 1500 W. Sullivan Road, Aurora

Monday, November 9, 4 PM - 9 PM
Hampshire High School, 1600 Big Timber Road, Hampshire
Mooseheart, Route 31, between North Aurora and Batavia
Hemmens Auditorium, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin

Saturday, November 21 Site to be determined

Saturday, December 5 Site to be determined

For more information, visit www.kanehealth.com/h1n1_vaccine.htm.


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