- The Washington Times - Monday, October 5, 2009

Federal officials said Monday that 62 jurisdictions, including the Republic of Palau and the Northern Mariana Islands, have ordered more than 1.7 million doses of the H1N1 vaccine but declined to say which is first in line.

Indiana has received the vaccine, in the form of nasal spray, and gave it Monday to health-care workers at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis.

A hospital spokesman said the vaccine was given to those working with patients considered most vulnerable to the potentially deadly virus — pregnant women, people 6 months to 24 years old, and those with medical conditions that increase their risk of complications after contracting H1N1, originally known as swine flu.

Emergency medical workers also will be among the first to receive vaccines from the small shipment, but residents might have to wait for several more days or weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decline to answer a call and two e-mails about which jurisdictions are next to receive shipments. The agency has said only that jurisdictions began placing orders Wednesday, the first shipments are expected to arrive Tuesday at vaccination sites and that roughly 3 million doses of LAIV, or FluMist, are available to order.

An additional 3 to 4 million doses will be available by the end of this week, the agency also said.

The Republic of Palau is only associated with the U.S., which until the mid-1990s administered the island under a trust.

Among the other jurisdictions outside the mainland U.S. placing orders are American Samoa, the Marshall Islands and the Virgin Islands.

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