NJ offers free swine flu shots for uninsured

September 3, 2009 8:52:04 AM PDT
New Jersey will offer free swine flu shots to the state's 1.3 million uninsured. Gov. Jon Corzine made the announcement in Newark Thursday as the state prepares for an expected spike in swine flu cases in the coming months.

Corzine says the vaccine will be covered by health insurers for those who are insured.

Shots for the H1N1 virus are still being tested, but the vaccine is expected to be shipped to New Jersey at the end of the month or in early October.

Corzine says the goal is to keep schools and workplaces open.

New York City is offering free swine flu vaccinations to its 1-million-plus schoolchildren.

New Jersey recently received $16 million from the federal government to help combat pandemic influenza.