Pharmacists ‘deeply concerned’ over flu vaccination shortage

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The Irish Pharmacy Union has said delays in the distribution of the flu vaccine amid global shortages have “serious potential” to undermine this year’s vaccination programme The IPU said the “disheartening” delays had led to “huge amounts of uncertainty and frustration” which it shares with the public. The group is urging the public to be patient with pharmacists as they are “hopeful, but not confident” that additional vaccine supplies would soon be made available for private patients, as vaccines made available by the HSE are targeted at at-risk patients. However, it is still not clear when or if these supply issues will be fully resolved.

On Wednesday’s Morning Focus, Gavin Grace spoke to Shannon Pharmacist Feidhlim Hillery about how the shortage will this affect the dual fight against Covid-19 and the flu.