H1N1 vaccine is now available to the general public through certified providers, and possibly your own doctor. The vaccination program has been expanded to everyone because approximately three million doses of vaccine have been allocated to healthcare providers who administered it to individuals in the five recommended priority groups.

The Department of Health is planning vaccination clinics for January 8 and 9 throughout the commonwealth for Pennsylvanians who do not have access to it through his or her healthcare provider or do not have a provider. You can register now to receive the vaccine.

Individuals must schedule an appointment ahead of time, and can do so 24 hours a day at www.H1N1inPA.com under “What’s Hot.” Those without Internet access can call 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258), Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone lines are limited.