Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy have suspended online bookings for flu vaccinations, following the high demand, as the government extends the eligibility for vaccination under the NHS programme from 1 December 2020.
The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) distributed information, on 2 November 2020, on how community pharmacies can obtain further flu vaccines from centralised stock. The stock was initially only allowed to be distributed to those at-risk, as well as those aged over sixty-five years.
“Boots and Lloyds Pharmacy have suspended online bookings for flu vaccinations.“
A spokesperson for LloydsPharmacy said “We have seen unprecedented demand for flu vaccines this year and have administered a far greater number of vaccines compared to this time last year in order to meet this demand. We have now secured thousands of additional vaccines, which are currently being distributed to all LloydsPharmacy stores across the UK.”
Despite this, the DHSC recently announced that a free-of-charge flu vaccine would be provided to individuals aged between fifty and sixty-four years from 1 December 2020.