Two-thirds of PCTs finalise swine flu jab plans for under-fives

Two-thirds of PCTs in England have finalised arrangements with GPs to vaccinate the under-fives against swine flu, the national director for flu resilience has confirmed.

Mr Dalton: remaining PCTs are very close to finalising swine flu deals
Mr Dalton: remaining PCTs are very close to finalising swine flu deals

Speaking at a media briefing in London on Thursday, Ian Dalton said that GPs and practice managers had made 'really good progress' with the vaccination plans.

Mr Dalton said that the remaining third of PCTs that are still to finalise arrangements were very close to doing so.

Professor David Salisbury, head of immunisation at the DoH, added that the vaccination programme for healthcare workers was going well with 343,000 doses administered so far.

'We have given out three times as many doses to healthcare workers as we did for the seasonal flu jab last year.

'We have also vaccinated 101,000 pregnant women and three million patients in the priority groups. This data comes in arrears so we hope to see it increase further.'

The latest figures on vaccine uptake come as the pandemic shows further signs of slowing down.

In England, there were 9,000 new infections last week down from 11,000 the week before, while in Scotland the number of cases has fallen under 8,000. Cases are also on the decline in Wales and Northern Ireland.

GP Online recommends

Swine Flu Resource Centre

Read more

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Government support for GPs in pandemic 'behind the curve' warns GPC chair

Government support for GPs in pandemic 'behind the curve' warns GPC chair

Government support for GPs has been consistently 'behind the curve' as practices...

Four in five GPs report struggle to maintain patient care in pandemic, GMC report finds

Four in five GPs report struggle to maintain patient care in pandemic, GMC report finds

Four out of five GPs have struggled to provide sufficient levels of care to patients...

GP appraisal should be suspended until pandemic ends, says RCGP

GP appraisal should be suspended until pandemic ends, says RCGP

GP appraisal should be completely suspended for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic,...

First5 GPs and trainees record videos for new general practice recruitment films

First5 GPs and trainees record videos for new general practice recruitment films

A new series of GP recruitment films for Yorkshire and the Humber region feature...

GPs could face CQC inspection at sites delivering COVID-19 vaccine

GPs could face CQC inspection at sites delivering COVID-19 vaccine

GPs could face CQC inspections at designated sites delivering millions of COVID-19...

COVID-19 vaccination could start 7 December as GPs promised 10 days' notice

COVID-19 vaccination could start 7 December as GPs promised 10 days' notice

GP practices chosen to deliver COVID-19 vaccination will not start the campaign before...