The shortage of H1N1 flu vaccine appears to be easing in California, prompting a few counties to begin offering inoculations to the public, health officials said Thursday.
Ventura and Sacramento counties now have no limitations on who can receive the vaccination for H1N1, also known as the swine flu. Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties are still reserving their vaccine for children, young adults, pregnant women and the chronically ill, among other priority groups. But officials indicated that, for the most part, the vaccine shortage has eased.
In Long Beach, turnout was disappointing on Saturday, when officials held the city's last mass vaccination clinic at City Hall, said Michael Johnson, a spokesman for the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.
"There are no more long lines," said Sheila Murphy, spokeswoman for the Ventura County Health Care Agency, which opened up its vaccine supply to all county residents this week. "It was the right time to open it up to everyone."