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Anxious crowds meet ad hoc swine flu police

New York Times, October 28, 2009

People have lined up across the country in recent days in the hope of getting a H1N1 vaccine, but a dearth of the vaccine has forced local government officials, hospital workers, and doctors in private practice to be conscripted as ad hoc swine flu police. The goal is to make sure that those Americans with the highest risk for contracting the virus get injected first. But the somewhat haphazard nature of the vaccine's distribution in some areas and the rather large population legitimately considered high risk have brought hundreds of thousands of people to vaccine distribution points, the New York Times reports.