AM Highlights Flu Vaccine Shortage for Over 65’s

Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay is due to ask an oral question in the Senedd this week on the availability of the flu vaccine this winter.

Nick has already written to the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to raise the issue of shortages of the aTIV vaccine recommended for those aged 65 years and over as a number of his Monmouth constituents have reported that they have not been able to have their vaccination at their GP practice due to supply shortages.

Speaking today Nick said: “ I’m still awaiting a reply from the Health Board about a lack of availability of the aTIV vaccine, and it’s a shame that many elderly people feel they have been forgotten about this year and are not a priority.

“It seems that general practices and community pharmacies ordered lower quantities of the vaccine than required to meet initial demand, and the phased delivery has affected availability. I understand that more vaccine should be made available by the end of November so that every older person will have the opportunity to be vaccinated by the end of this month.

“I hope this will be the case and that in future years the release of the vaccine will be managed and communicated more effectively to prevent anxiety, and inconvenience for many elderly people.”