Millions unable to get the flu jab after 'unprecedented demand'

People were recently warned about the dangers of catching both coronavirus and flu, and now suppliers are running out of the jab.

Boots who are one of the biggest suppliers for the flu jab have had to suspended all their bookings due to a demand in the vaccination.

Earlier in the week, the announced the were going to stop giving the vaccine to under 65s however now they have done a complete U-turn and stopped appointments completely.

Anyone trying to book a jab is met with a message: ‘Unfortunately we have had to suspend bookings for the Winter Flu Jab Service. 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.’

A spokesperson said that they increased the vaccine by 20% this year, however that still wasn’t enough to keep up with demand.

It has also been reported that GP’s and pharmacies have struggled to keep up with demand.

Matt Hancock told sky news this morning that although there has been a demand in the vaccine he insisted the government have stocked up on more than ever before.

Hancock was asked by Sky News if the vaccine was being rationed and in response he 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 clincially 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.’



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