Health officials urge doctors to report H1N1 vaccinations

Health officials urge doctors to report H1N1 vaccinations
Dr. Chiyome Fukino
Dr. Chiyome Fukino
Darrin Sato
Darrin Sato

By Jim Mendoza - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kalihi-Palama Health Center has a new shipment of H1N1 vaccine. It won't be around for long...

"It's been very overwhelming," chief operating officer Darrin Sato said.

The clinic has a long list of patients who qualify for the flu mist or the shot.

It's the same statewide.

The national Centers for Disease Control's allocation for Hawaii falls short about 54,000 dosages for priority patients.

"The demand or the need exceeds, at the present time, our supply. We are confidant that over time the supply will catch up with the demand," health director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said.

State health officials are trying to track how many vaccines have been administered and it's urging doctors not to stockpile.

"We want our providers to utilize their vaccine now," Fukino said.

Another hurdle is getting health providers to report on their supplies. Kalihi-Palama does it every Friday.

"If we don't report it's very difficult for the state then to go and receive the vaccines from the CDC," Sato said.

"We have received a commitment from the Healthcare Association that it will work very closely with its members to report in to our system so that we know how the vaccine has been utilized," Fukino said.

Last week Hawaii received 73,000 doses of the vaccine. Kalihi-Palama got 620 of them. The CDC promises the clinic another 700.

They can't come fast enough.

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