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More than a third of the 47 prefectures won’t be able to vaccinate health care workers against swine flu as scheduled Monday because of delays in selecting hospitals and in figuring out how to distribute the vaccine, a survey released Saturday said.

The problems threaten to hamper the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry’s timetable for combating H1N1 swine flu. According to its priority schedule, health care workers are to be vaccinated Monday, pregnant women and people with underlying medical problems in November, children between 1 and 8 in December, and parents of infants early next year.

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