H1N1 Vaccines Arrive in the Permian Basin

By: Haley Burks
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The first H1N1 vaccines have hit the Basin.  

But with only 100 doses at the Midland Health Department, parents of little ones weren't taking any chances.

"We drove over here from Odessa. They don't have it yet there, but they will. So we loaded up and drove over here. We were a little late, but we are number 30," Liz Garcia said.

Parents with toddlers in hand were up with the sun, vying for a chance of one of the 100 H1N1 vaccine doses available.

With such a small amount of vaccine, the doses are not expected to last long. Only two and three year olds were eligible to receive the H1N1 vaccine.

Health officials tell NewsWest 9, they don't know when they will get more vaccines or how much they will get.

"I think eventually we will get a big volume, but I just don't know when. It comes from the Centers for Disease Control and then the State Health Department distributes it out. I would like to have a good thousand to give a good clinic," Sal Garcia with the Midland Health Department, said.

The Ector County Health Department is expecting their first shipment some time this week.