Tuesday, October 20, 2009

****H1N1,MRC and CERT-important clinic operational changes for you***

Dear CERT and Fire and Rescue Volunteers:

I would like to thank everyone for stepping up and volunteering their time to help with the H1N1 vaccination clinics.
As you can see from the email below, the Health Department has had to change their distribution plan. As of now, there will only be one Vaccination Clinic held at the Government Center on Saturday, October 24th, open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Due to the anticipated crowds, MRC is still in need of CERT volunteers from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

If you would still like to volunteer, please send an email to Dana Powers at dana.powers@fairfaxcounty.gov indicating that you are willing to help out. Please specify the hours that you are available to be there.In addition, please include your CERT class number and a valid phone number. As with the previous request, CERT basic, CERT 2 and CERT 3 members are elgible to participate.

At this time, we do not have a point of contact or any other specific information relating to this event. The Medical Reserve Corps will keep us informed as plans progress.

Thank you again for your help with this very important operation.

Jeffrey F. Katz
Volunteer Liaison
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

On the evening of October 16, the Fairfax County Health Department was informed about 2009 H1N1 vaccine production delays, which has impacted the entire nation and resulted in uneven availability. As a result, the Health Department has had to adjust mass vaccination plans to match the limited supply of vaccine currently available, which is significantly less than anticipated.

The Health Department currently does not have enough vaccine available for the vaccination effort we planned to hold in the ten schools on October 24 and 25. Instead, the amount of vaccine currently available will be distributed to children (age range to be defined later this week) and pregnant women on Saturday, October 24 at the Fairfax County Government Center, located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 .