Boots pauses flu vaccines for under-65s amid high demand

Latest

Boots pauses flu vaccines for under-65s amid high demand

Latest

By Neil Trainis

Boots has said a big increase in demand for flu jabs has led it to temporarily stop taking bookings for its under-65s and private flu jab services.

A spokesperson for the pharmacy chain told Independent Community Pharmacist that it took the decision at the weekend not to accept new bookings for those groups to allow patients who have already booked an appointment to receive a vaccine.

The UK's largest pharmacy multiple said it will continue vaccinating the over-65s with the trivalent vaccination but said high demand rather than a shortage of vaccine was behind its decision to pause its under-65s and private services.

“It’s not so much because of a shortage, it’s down to the demand which was so much higher this year,” said the spokesperson, who was unable to say when the service will resume.

Large numbers of people have attempted to book vaccinations this year amid fears that a second spike in Covid-19 will increase the risk of harm to those with flu.

There has been 4,368 news cases of Covid-19 in the UK in the last 24 hours according to the government who today warned there could be 49,000 daily infections by mid-October if infections carry on at the current rate.

“We know that this year, our customers have been more conscious than ever about protecting the health of themselves and their families, and protecting against flu has been front of mind for many of us,” Boots said in a statement.

“As a result, we have seen more people than ever booking early to get their flu vaccinations. We have been closely monitoring our stock levels, and made the decision this weekend to pause taking new bookings for our private and NHS under 65s Flu Vaccination Services. This is to make sure we can vaccinate the patients who have already booked their appointments with us. 

“We are still able to continue supporting the NHS over 65s flu vaccination service due to stock availability of the trivalent vaccination, which the NHS recommends for people aged 65 and over.”

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

More like this

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Care homes medicine re-use scheme introduced

Measures allowing care homes to re-use medicines introduced in light of Covid-19 supply chain worries.

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Experimental RSV drug ‘promising’ says MHRA

The MHRA has granted a ‘promising innovative medicine’ designation to experimental RSV drug nirsevimab. 

1 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

GPhC presses ahead with premises fee hike despite opposition

The GPhC is to increase its premises renewal fees by £103 from next April, despite two-thirds of consultation respondents opposing the plans. 

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Priadel manufacturer 'can't withdraw supply' under new terms

Essential agrees to continue to supply lithium drug in UK for at least five years.

2 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

BOPA launches cancer training for pharmacy teams

The British Oncology Pharmacy Association (BOPA) has launched an educational series for community pharmacy teams on how to discuss cancer.

0 Min Article

bookmark_icon_off
Latest

Over 30 million use NHS 111 online during pandemic

A “record number” of people have used NHS 111 online since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, NHS Digital has said. 

2 Min Article

Recommended Learning

bookmark_icon_off
CPD

Managing constipation

This module aims to provide an update on the diagnosis and management of constipation in adults. 

14 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Sponsored modules

FRONTLINE – Tackling Fleas and Ticks

This NPA-accredited module will enable you to have confident conversations with customers, helping them manage fleas and ticks both on their pets and in the home.

15 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
CPD

Asthma: part three

Part three of this asthma CPPE module looks at first-line maintenance and MART therapy, as well as combination inhalers. 

12 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Videos

Treating acid reflux and heartburn in the pharmacy

Understand how omeprazole 20mg works to treat heartburn and acid reflux symptoms

4 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
OTC

Women's intimate health

Pharmacy teams can provide reassuring and non-judgmental advice to ensure that women stay healthy.

20 Min Module

bookmark_icon_off
Pharmacy Scenario

Angular chelitis

Improve your understanding of angular chelitis – inflammation of the skin at one or both corners of the mouth.

10 Min Module