BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County residents hoping to fend off swine flu showed up in force Sunday to the first clinic here to offer the injectable vaccine.
The Hernando County Health Department administered about 630 vaccinations during the six-hour clinic at Nature Coast Technical High School, said department spokeswoman Ann-Gayl Ellis. All but 48 of those doses were in the deactivated, injectable form, Ellis said.
The clinic gave priority to pregnant women, children, people with chronic medical conditions, people who live with or care for infants younger than 6 months, and health care workers with direct patient contact.
By about 12:30 p.m., staffers had handed out about 550 tickets that guaranteed a free vaccination so people could leave and come back later in the day, Ellis said. The department had 750 doses on hand, so no one was turned away due to lack of vaccine.
More Health Department clinics are planned, Ellis said.