Local health officials expect to be able to start offering the swine flu vaccine to the general public sometime in the next week.
Dr. Larry Jecha, health officer for the Benton-Franklin Health District, said Wednesday that the district will finish vaccinating people in high-risk groups today and Friday before giving the vaccine to everyone else.
High-risk groups are pregnant women, children 6 months to 18 years, adults ages 19 to 24, caregivers for infants, health care workers and adults 25 to 64 with underlying medical conditions.
Several counties in Western Washington, including heavily populated King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, also are making the vaccine available to the general public within the next few days.
Jecha said the district is working out where, when and how the general public will be able to get the vaccine.
No details were available Wednesday, and he urged people to wait for more information before calling their doctors or the health district to get vaccinated.