Letter: Vaccine shortage due to pharmacist's role

Dear Editor

I am surprised that GPs have been blamed for vaccinating the fit and the healthy, as seen in the media furore.

As far as I am aware, this is the first year in which pharmacists have been advised to carry out flu vaccinations.

Our local pharmacist is charging £5 per vaccine.

My view is that it has been pharmacists vaccinating the healthy and well that has tipped the balance.

This is because most people go through a 'Spanish Inquisition' from the local health board each year regarding who they have vaccinated.

The vaccines from the pharmacist come from the same financial pot, so it should not come as a surprise that there is a shortage.

Dr Suriakant Patel, Colwyn Bay, Conwy


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