University receives limited number of H1N1 vaccines

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    Registered nurse at the Health Center Cheryl Strange prepares a pre-filled seasonal flu vaccine shot Thursday night. This week the univesity received 28 percent of the 10,300 doses of H1N1 vaccine it had ordered and will administer them to certain students starting Monday.
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    The university received this week 28 percent of the 10,300 doses of H1N1 vaccine it ordered and will be giving priority to students with underlying health conditions and campus residents, a university official said.

    Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs, said the students given priority to receive the 2,900 vaccines will be notified by e-mail. To comply with government requirements about how the vaccine is being used, students will be asked to fill out a form online, even if they wish to decline the vaccine, Mills said.

    “Not everyone is going to want to take the vaccine, so we think we’ll be OK with these,” he said.

    The university expects additional vaccines but is uncertain about when they will be delivered, Mills said.

    When students fill out the form online, they will be given a date and time to receive the vaccine to eliminate lines, Mills said. Students tapped to receive a vaccine who don’t fill out the form but visit the Brown-Lupton Health Center will be able to fill out the form there, he said.

    The vaccines will be administered starting Monday. The university expects to have exhausted its supply by next week, Mills said.

    “We’ll be able to staff depending on demand,” Mills said.

    Students who do not receive a notification may consider getting a vaccine through the Tarrant County Public Health Department, which is offering vaccines to Tarrant County residents, Mills said.

    TCPH received more than 19,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine Nov. 20 and an additional 11,000 doses arrived Monday with more on the way, according to a TCPH press release on the county’s Web site.

    Al Roy, TCPH public information officer, said any TCU student may go to any of 12 locations – seven health clinics and five storefront clinics – to get a free H1N1 vaccine.

    Public health centers

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

    Arlington Public Health Center

    (817) 548-3990

    536 W. Randol Mill Road

    Arlington, Texas 76011

    Bagsby-Williams Public Health Center

    (817) 531-6738

    3212 Miller Ave.

    Fort Worth, Texas 76119

    Northeast Public Health Center

    (817) 285-4155

    813 Brown Trail

    Bedford, Texas 76022

    Northwest Public Health Center

    (817) 238-4441

    3800 Adam Grubb Road

    Lake Worth, Texas 76135

    Southwest Public Health Center

    (817) 370-4530

    6551 Granbury Road

    Fort Worth, Texas 76133

    Watauga Public Health Center

    (817) 514-5030

    6601 Watauga Road, Suite 122

    Watauga, Texas 76148

    Storefront clinics

    10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday

    Cooper Oaks Crossroads

    5415 South Cooper Street No. 125

    Arlington, Texas 76017

    Eastchase Marketplace

    1550 Eastchase Parkway No. 100

    Fort Worth, Texas 76120

    The Mercado

    1500 N. Main St., Suite 138

    Fort Worth, Texas 76106

    Parkwood Village

    217 Harwood No. 106

    Bedford, Texas 76021

    Cherry Hill Plaza

    1636 S. Cherry Lane

    White Settlement, Texas 76108