H1N1 vaccination clinics for state employees (AR, AZ, IN, UT)

Several state health departments have held H1N1 vaccination clinics specifically for state employees. State workers are in frequent contact with many members of the public throughout the day. Not only does vaccination protect the health of state employees and the public they serve, but it also helps them to remain healthy enough to fulfill their roles.

Although several states provided H1N1 vaccination clinics specifically for government employees, their methods differed greatly depending on states' situations and needs.

The Arkansas Department of Health and the Arizona Department of Health Services held H1N1 vaccination clinics at multiple state government agencies. In January 2010, Arkansas held most of the state employee vaccination clinics in Pulaski County, which holds the state capital of Little Rock. Vaccination sites included the State Capitol, the Employee Management Division offices, the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory, and the Department of Human Services offices and numerous other smaller state agencies. Since vaccination clinics for state employees only targeted the county seat, these clinics were actually a fairly small part of the state's immunization program. Though a few of the larger counties held clinics specifically for their state employees, state employees in other counties were generally able to access vaccine at schools, a mass clinic for either the general public or target groups, or within their county public health office.

Arizona began holding vaccination clinics for state employees on January 4, 2010, shortly after H1N1 vaccine eligibility was expanded to include the general population. The Arizona Department of Health Services offered the clinics through a partnerships with Benefit Options Wellness, the state government's provider of employee health insurance and wellness programs. This partnership enabled Arizona to offer clinics at numerous state government locations throughout the month of January, including: the Arizona Department of Transportation, Water Resources, the Arizona Supreme Court, Industries for the Blind, the Board of Nursing, the Veterans Home, the State Lottery, the Board of Cosmetology, the Attorney General, and the Department of Economic Security.

Several states specifically targeted employees in particular realms of government via H1N1 vaccination clinics. Throughout early January, the Indiana State Department of Health held multiple H1N1 vaccination clinics for state employees in collaboration with the Marion County Health Department. The first clinics for state employees took place during the week of January 4, 2010, and targeted members of the Indiana General Assembly, along with health department staff and their families. A clinic specifically for state legislators was held on January 5. More than 800 people were vaccinated during these clinics. The state health department also held a two-day clinic in the Government Center, with the intent to vaccinate state employees and their family members. More than 1,900 employees signed up to be vaccinated during this clinic.

Utah also held two vaccination clinics for state employees. The Utah Department of Health held the first clinic on January 6, 2010, exclusively for health department employees and their families. Proof of health insurance was requested at this clinic. The Salt Lake Valley Health Department also conducted an H1N1 vaccination clinic for legislators and state government employees at the Utah State Capitol on January 12, 2010.

These four states serve as an example of how health departments targeted employees working in different sectors and partnered with various organizations to promote vaccination in state government agencies. Although each state used a different approach, vaccination clinics attracted large numbers of state employees, potentially due to their central locations, accessibility within or near employees' workplaces, and willingness to vaccinate family members.

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