High-risk groups to receive first H1N1 vaccinations

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PHOENIX -- The H1N1 vaccine is going to be available to the general public starting this weekend, but because of shortages, not everybody will be able to get it -- at least not right away.

The H1N1 flu has been in the Valley since last April, and has been rapidly spreading in the past few weeks.

Only the people most at risk will be eligible to receive the first vaccines.

There are fewer than 40,000 doses currently available. They will be give out on a first-come, first-served basis to those who are eligible.

"We need to put those most at risk first," said Dr. Bob England, director of the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. “Given the limited amount of vaccine received to date, we’re seeing incredible cooperation with partners who are sharing their supply to put the most vulnerable of the higher at-risk groups first.”

People who do not fall into those high-risk groups are being asked to wait until more vaccine becomes available, which is expected to happen in the next few months.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), those most at-risk include pregnant women, those who live with and care for infants younger than 6 months old, children age 6 months through 4 years of age and those up to age 18 with specific underlying conditions such as lung disease including asthma, diabetes, neurological disorders and those with other immune-compromising conditions to be first in line for this vaccine.

Dr. England explained, "We are asking those with these conditions to please make arrangements and get vaccinated first...Now.

"We are also asking those who do not fit these categories to please step aside and help those most at risk get vaccinated first. This means waiting until these folks have a chance to get vaccinated first. Please."

If you're not a in a high-risk group and show up at one of the clinics Saturday, you will likely be turned away.

Below is a list of clinic locations and hours. Most of them are administered by The Mollen Clinic, but there are also clinics run by the Maricopa County Department Health (MCDPH), Cigna and the Scottsdale Healthcare pediatric immunization program.

The cost for the vaccine itself is free. There is an administration charge that is covered by most insurance plans, which is very similar to the seasonal flu. About 85 percent of patients will not have to pay anything. The exact cost of the charge if someone does not have any insurance is now known, but the standard fee is generally $25 to $30.

MCDPH 1645 E. Roosevelt St. Phoenix 85006 9AM-2PM

MCDPH 635 E. Broadway Rd. Mesa 85204 9AM-2PM

MCDPH 6666 W. Peoria Ave Suite 113 Glendale 85302 9AM-2PM

Cigna 2302 N 75th Ave Phoenix 85035 8AM-12PM

Cigna 1920 E Baseline Rd Tempe 85283 8AM-12PM

Scottsdale HC 3634 Wells Fargo Ave Scottsdale 85251 8AM-12PM

Mollen Bashas #130 5115 N Dysart Rd LITCHFIELD PARK 85340 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Bashas #158 5555 N 7th St Ste 130 Phoenix 85014 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Bashas #2 339 E Brown Rd Mesa 85201 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Bashas #6 1625 E Glendale Ave Phoenix 85020 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Bashas #7 8035 E Indian School Rd Scottsdale 85251 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Bashas #97 20745 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale 85255 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #127 4202 W Cactus Rd Phoenix 85029 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #22 1835 E Guadalupe Rd Tempe 85283 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #28 4315 W Bell Rd Glendale 85308 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #38 731 E Bell Rd Phoenix 85022 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #618 3246 E Bell Rd Phoenix 85032 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #621 8900 E Via Linda Scottsdale 85258 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #668 985 E Riggs Rd Chandler 85249 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen FRYS #674 13982 W Waddell Rd Surprise 85379 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Mollen Clinic - Scottsdale (Former Krispy Kremes) Promenade Shopping Center Scottsdale 85254 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Mollen Clinics - SUN CITY WEST 13533 W Camino Del Sol Sun City West 85375 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #1646 6131 E Southern Ave Mesa 85206 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #2515 3721 E Thomas Rd Phoenix 85018 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #2554 13055 W Rancho Santa Fe Blvd AVONDALE 85392 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #2671 1175 S Arizona Ave Chandler 85286 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #2767 4505 E Mckellips Rd Mesa 85215 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #2777 13770 W Bell Rd Surprise 85374 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #3241 18551 N 83rd Ave Glendale 85308 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #3407 1060 S Watson Rd Buckeye 85326 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #3833 1606 S Signal Butte Rd Mesa 85209 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #3896 21655 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy Peoria 85382 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #4232 4747 E Cactus Rd Phoenix 85032 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5124 5605 W Northern Ave Glendale 85301 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5186 2501 S Market St Gilbert 85295 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5190 2501 W Happy Valley Rd Ste 34 Phoenix 85085 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5329 4435 W Anthem Way Anthem 85086 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5369 1100 N Estrella Pkwy Goodyear 85338 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5428 1710 S Greenfield Rd Mesa 85206 10 AM - 6 PM

Mollen Walmart Supercenter #5768 800 EAST SOUTHERN AVE Tempe 85282 10 AM - 6 PM