Therapy dogs to visit free H1N1 vaccine clinic at Carson Mall |

Therapy dogs to visit free H1N1 vaccine clinic at Carson Mall

Carson City Health and Human Services will offer free H1N1 vaccines to all from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Carson Mall, 1313 South Carson St.

Tizzy, Suede and Spike, from Therapy Dogs, International, will be there to support the folks who are uneasy about getting their vaccination. This event kicks off National Influenza Vaccination Week, Jan. 10-16.

Many local residents who fall into a High Priority Group for receiving vaccines have already done so. Beginning in October, vaccine distribution was prioritized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to groups such as health care providers, pregnant women and people under the age of 25.

The priority groups were established to address a temporary shortage of vaccine, and the need to protect those most vulnerable.

In December, as vaccine supplies stabilized, persons 65 and older with underlying health conditions were added to the priority groups. Later in the month, Nevada State Health Officer Tracey Green declared the shortage over and announced that beginning Dec. 18, vaccine would be available to all Nevadans including those outside the original priority groups.

For more information, call Carson City Health & Human Services at 887-2190.