BEIJING: Beijing health authorities said on Friday that they would extend the A(H1N1) flu vaccine inoculation to all the city's 16 million residents as death toll from the epidemic kept rising on the Chinese mainland.
"The city now has 3.63 million dozes of A(H1N1) vaccines," said Zhao Tao, an official with Beijing Public Health Bureau. "Everyone above three years old with registered residence of the city can have free inoculation as long as they want to."
He said more vaccines would be allocated to the city.
Before the latest decision, Beijing gave priority to people more likely to fall victim to A(H1N1) flu, such as students and medical personnel, when handing out the vaccine.
Zhao said as of Thursday, more than 440,000 residents in Beijing had been inoculated with the A(H1N1) flu vaccine and no case of adverse reaction had been reported.
As of Friday, more than 10 deaths from A(H1N1) flu have been reported on the Chinese mainland.