Prince Albert flu clinic runs out of vaccine
High demand for shots, health region says
A flu shot clinic in Prince Albert had to close after it ran out of the much-in-demand vaccine, however additional stock has been shipped to the region.
"We experienced a significant surge in the number of people wanting the flu shot," Wanda Atcheson, a spokeswoman with Parkland Health Region, said in a news release Monday. "Our inventory in Prince Albert has been depleted. We expect to get additional vaccine, and are working with the Ministry of Health to ensure we can meet demand."
The drop-in clinic at the McIntosh Mall will reopen once the health region gets more doses.
According to the province, officials with the Ministry of Health say there is enough vaccine available to supply clinics across Saskatchewan, although some stock may be moved around to meet demand.
Later on Monday, the health region said they were expecting the shipment of vaccine to arrive by the end of the day.
The region said it was tentatively scheduling a flu shot clinic, again at the mall, for Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., although people were advised to double check the region's website. Another clinic was scheduled for Friday afternoon at the Spiritwood and District Health Complex.
Last Friday, the government said three people died after contracting the flu in Saskatchewan. The health ministry is urging anyone who hasn't got their flu shot yet to do so.
The people who died included two children under five and a middle-aged person. All had underlying health issues.