Along with the rest of the country, the swine flu vaccine is arriving slower than expected in Oregon.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday there may be only 28 million to 30 million vaccine doses distributed nationally by month's end, short of the 40 million-plus the government had hoped. Oregon has received about 80,000 doses.
Dr. Mel Kohn, director of Oregon's Public Health Division, says some vaccine clinics are opening next week and more will be opening throughout October and November. He and other health officials around the country are asking people to be patient.
"Vaccine production is pretty complex, and it is taking a bit longer than we would hope," said Dr. Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases in a news conference.
As of Wednesday, 11.4 million doses of vaccine were available, slightly more than half of that in the injectable form.
Compiled from wire services