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H1N1 vaccination clinics begin for inner city

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WINNIPEG — The H1N1 vaccination program moved to the inner city this morning, as a clinic set up at Siloam Mission.

The homeless and disadvantaged individuals were given a chance to get the H1N1 shot following their hot breakfast at the Princess Street soup kitchen and health centre.

"We jumped at the opportunity to have the clinic here," Kari Enns, director of Siloam Missions's Saul Sair Health Centre, said.

"If it's my time, I'm going to go but I think this shot will help me," Louis Collins, 65, said as he was one of the first at the mission to get the  vaccine.

The clinic is part of the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority initiative to counter the spread of the H1N1 virus.

"We know the virus is in Winnipeg and if we can get enough people vaccinated, we believe we can keep the number of infected people down," Dr. Sande Harlos a WRHA medical officer of health said.

The WRHA has scheduled 11 clinics in soup kitchens, missions and other locales close to the city's disadvantaged, including Main Street hotels, the Remand Centre and Employment Insurance Assistance offices and hopes to do 30 clinics in total.

This afternoon, the WRHA moves the clinic one block over to the Union Gospel Mission.

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