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Record number of over-65s receive flu vaccine

Record numbers of people aged 65 and over have taken up the offer of a flu vaccine in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has announced. The latest data from UKHSA, published last week, shows that 81.4% of over-65s have come forward for their flu jab this winter. UKHSA said this is the ‘highest…
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Flu vaccination service: ‘We go into schools and nurseries to vaccinate staff’

Caroline Hillier, pharmacist at Everetts Pharmacy in Titchfield, talks to Saša Janković about taking a private flu vaccination service into schools and nurseries. Service type: Flu vaccination Name and location of pharmacy: Everetts Pharmacy, Titchfield Name of (superintendent) pharmacist: Caroline Hillier When did you start offering this service? About 8 or 9 years ago Why did you start…
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Pharmacies forced to pause flu services as their stocks dwindle

Independent pharmacies aree having to pause their flu service as stocks fail to keep up with increased demand.  Sachin Patel, managing director at Lincoln Pharmacy in Tower Hamlets, told The Pharmacist today (15 November) that his pharmacy ran out of flu vaccines in October due to unexpected demand — just one month after the flu service was launched.   ‘We saw such a huge…
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One third of people unaware pharmacies offer flu jabs, survey finds

One-third (32%) of adults in England are currently unaware that they can receive their flu vaccine at a pharmacy, a National Pharmacy Association (NPA) survey has revealed.  The NPA’s October survey of 2,006 adults across the country also found that over a third (39%) of people do not know pharmacies have consultation rooms from which a range…
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Is it too early in the flu jab season to say I’m tired?

Is it too early in the flu jab season to say I’m tired? Because I’m TIRED. And as a locum working in branches across multiple firms, I can confirm this is a feeling felt by many. Last year’s RPS Mental Health and Wellbeing survey reported that 89% of staff were at high risk of burnout,…
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Flu vaccination service: ‘Patients like that they can just walk in’

Justin Gilbody, owner, superintendent pharmacist and non-medical prescriber (NMP) at Gilbody Pharmacy in Skegby, Nottinghamshire, talks to Saša Janković about the wide reach of his flu vaccination service. Service type: Flu vaccination service Name and location of pharmacy: Skegby, Nottinghamshire Name of superintendent pharmacist: Justin Gilbody When did you start offering this service? Privately in 2012, and then…
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Pharmacies on track to deliver record 3 million flu vaccines

Community pharmacies in England could be on track to administer a record 3 million flu vaccines this winter, PSNC has said. Over 1.8 million people have already been vaccinated in pharmacies this autumn, a 30% increase compared to the same time last year, according to data published by PSNC yesterday (14 October). The Government hopes…
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Health secretary receives flu jab at community pharmacy

The health secretary, Sajid Javid, has received his flu jab at a London community pharmacy.   Mr Javid was given the jab at Keencare Pharmacy, which is part of the Green Light Pharmacy Group, today (12 October). During the visit, he also met with Andrew Lane, chair of the National Pharmacy Association (NPA), and pharmacist Cynthia Langworthy.   Mr Lane said: ‘We are delighted to have helped arrange…
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More flu stocks made available as community pharmacies see increase in demand

Community pharmacies in England will be able to purchase more influenza vaccines this year after the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) secured additional stock in a bid to keep up with demand and boost supply.   Last year, community pharmacies alone vaccinated 2,617,628 during the 2020/21 programme, over one million more than the sector achieved in the…
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Campaign urges people to book for flu and Covid vaccinations

The Government has today launched a new campaign urging people to come forward for flu and Covid jabs ‘as soon as possible’ when eligible. It follows a recent survey of 3,000 people that revealed almost one third (32%) of participants did not realise flu and Covid can co-exist and over a quarter (26%) were unaware flu…
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