Figures show H1N1 flu shots didn’t always reach needy

By The Associated Press Modified: March 19, 2010 at 4:19 am •  Published: March 19, 2010
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Department of Energy office in Idaho Falls, Idaho, got about 200 doses in October, officials there offered it to higher-risk employees for four hours. When hardly anyone came, any worker who wanted it was vaccinated, a facility spokesman said.

→Royal Caribbean got 2,100 doses in October and November, vaccinating low-risk crew members along with staffers who care for children on Florida-based ships. The rationale? Employees aboard ships work with the public and would probably come into contact with people in priority groups.

→NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston got about 800 doses in October and 1,400 more in November, some of which were sent on to other operations. At Johnson, doses were offered first to employees in priority groups, but NASA also set aside doses for healthy astronauts and their families.

Some of the eyebrow-raising shipments to Wall Street firms like Goldman Sachs came to light last year. The New York Stock Exchange got 200 doses by late October. Morgan Stanley in Purchase, N.Y., received 1,000 doses by early November, though the company said it turned over its entire supply to local hospitals when it learned it got shipments before some area hospitals.



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