A top official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there could be 10 million to 12 million fewer doses of the H1N1 flu vaccine available than the Atlanta-based agency had expected by the end of October.
“Some manufacturers have let us know that production might be delayed in future weeks,” Anne Schuchat, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said in a news conference. “We wish that we had more vaccine, and there is more coming out every day,” she added. “But it doesn't look like we're going to make those production estimates at the end of this month.” Earlier, the CDC said it anticipated that 40 million doses would be available by that time.
Separately, a New York judge granted a temporary restraining order to the New York State Public Employees Federation, which had sued the state to block a policy requiring flu vaccinations of healthcare workers by Nov. 30, the union reported on Oct. 16. “This is a big step in the right direction,” Kenneth Brynien, president of the organization said in a news release. “We are not aware of any other successful legal challenge to a mandatory vaccination requirement.” The judge will hear arguments on Oct. 30.