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Published November 05, 2009, 10:55 PM

Long Lines at Children's H1N1 Immunization Clinic

By: Joel Porter, WDAZ

Long lines formed in minutes this afternoon as the third H1N1 vaccine clinic opened at the Alerus Center.

The city opened the doors just before four o'clock today and workers began giving out the first of the two thousand vaccines.

The clinic was open to children from six months through 18-year-olds.

The Alerus Center hallway filled to capacity with eager families, but organizers say the line moved quickly.

"We have plans to do everybody in the county," said Grand Forks County Health Department Spokesperson John Bernstrom. "That's what we were tasked to do and those plans were come up with and now we're putting those plans to action a little bit smaller scale, but trying to help as many people as we possibly can."

Public health staff averaged about 300 vaccines per hour.

By the time they closed tonight, they went through about 16 hundred vaccines.