PCTs try to persuade GPs to have swine flu jabs

Two-thirds of PCTs are launching communication plans to persuade GPs and other health workers to take up the swine flu vaccine.

However, almost half have yet to decide which groups of health workers will receive the jabs, information obtained by GP newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act shows.

Of 33 PCTs that responded, 22 said they would be undertaking work to encourage health professionals and those in at-risk groups to take up the swine flu vaccine.

Professor Lindsey Davies, England's national director of pandemic influenza preparedness, spoke to GP newspaper about the importance of GPs choosing to be vaccinated.

‘It is absolutely important that GPs have the swine flu jab to protect themselves and their patients - I can't stress this strongly enough,' she said.

‘We have been working hard with the BMA and the RCGP to think of ways of increasing swine flu uptake.'

Professor Davies also denied that the vaccine was being rushed through. ‘We do not want to expose people to greater risk,' she said. ‘We have some supplies of the vaccine in the country but it is going through licensing, we are not rushing this.'

PCTs will also need to make decisions about which health workers should be included in local vaccination plans. But just 16 PCTs said they had decided which staff would be vaccinated.

Read the latest issue of GP dated 25 September for the full version of this story

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