Hundreds of people carrying their kids and unbrellas lined up for hours to get first dibs on the H1N1 flu vaccinations in Quinte yesterday. Day one of the public health clinics in Belleville, Trenton, Picton, Madoc and Bancroft were very popular…especially in Belleville where more than a thousand people received the shot. Manager of Clinical Services for the Hastings and Prince Edward Counties Health Unit Bill Sherlock says the lengthy lines are likely a sign of things to come…..yesterday’s clinic were for the “high priority group”. He expects an even larger turnout when the vaccination is available to the general public. Sherlock says with the steady turnout he’s a bit concerned about staff “burning out”…noting several more long days are ahead.
Today, high priority clinics will continue..from 1 till 7……at the Thurlow Community Center…the Centre Hastings Municipal Office in Ivanhoe, the Picton Legion, Quinte West City Hall and the Bancroft Professional Building.