The H1N1 vaccine is now available to anybody in state older than 6 months, New Hampshire Public Health Director Dr. Jose Montero announced today.

The vaccinations previously only were available to priority groups, including those under 64 with underlying medical conditions, pregnant women, caretakers of infants and health-care workers. Healthy adults older than 24 could not be vaccinated.

"I want to thank them for their patience," Montero said this morning. "I know it has been difficult at times to wait, but that was the right thing to do to protect those at the highest risk."

The state will have about 400,000 doses of the vaccine on hand by the end of the week, Montero said.

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