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First doses of H1N1 vaccine in Tri-Cities only going to health care providers

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KENNEWICK, Wash.--  The first set of swine flu vaccines is almost in the Tri-Cities, but remember: the first few are going only to health care providers.

There's been a lot of national hype about H1N1 vaccines being distributed.  It is being distributed across the nation, but only in limited numbers and only in certain places so far.

The Benton-Franklin Health District is set to get 2,600 shots by the end of this week or early next week.  Those doses, however, are only going to doctors and nurses.  Once they're vaccinated and more doses come in, the vaccine will be made available to priority groups, then everyone else.

Dr. Larry Jecha, with the Benton Franklin Health Dist., says patience is key.  He explains, "It's going to be slow at first, and it will be frustrating, but we will let people know when it arrives... It's not here yet, and for the general public, just wait."

The good news though, Dr. Jecha says there should eventually be enough of the H1N1 vaccine for everyone who wants one to get one.  

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