Millions of people across the UK are unable to get a flu jab after supplies have run short, it is believed that vulnerable groups are able to get the vaccine.
Pharmacists and GPs have also reported that they are struggling to find flu jabs to meet the high demand.
Boots have been forced to suspend their “winter flu jab service” on their booking services due to unprecedented demand.
Boots the Chemist told people on Thursday morning, “Unfortunately we have had to suspend bookings for the Winter Flu Jab Service.”
Adding, “Due to unprecedented demand for flu vaccinations this year and stock availability we have had to suspend bookings.
“We are working hard to acquire additional stock of the flu vaccine so that we are able to make appointments available again.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock was asked on Sky News Kay Burley programme, if Drs and chemists are having to ration the flu vaccine.
Hancock said, “We have record amounts of flu vaccine in the country.
“I’m also very pleased to see that having launched the flu programme this week we have record amounts of demand for it, that is a very good thing.
“In the first instance, the flu vaccine must go to the clinically most vulnerable which is the over 65s and those with other health conditions.
“But then we intend to roll it out more broadly after that.”
Burley asked Hancock does the government have enough flu vaccine supplies, he said, “We have got more than we have ever had before.”
Burley asked the same question again, he replied, “We have 30m doses, that is more than enough for all the people who are vulnerable…and once we have got the doses as much as possible to the most vulnerable, then we will roll it out to others, for instance of working age.
“Given that we have 30m doses, I want to make sure that they are available for the people to whom flu can kill.”
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, the deputy chief medical officer for England said, “Flu can be deadly, and it is easily spread in children and adults.
“The vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from becoming ill with the flu, especially if you are in a vulnerable group.
“This winter with Covid still circulating, and the increased risk to life if you are ill with both viruses simultaneously, it is even more vital to get the free jab as soon as you can.”
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