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20 November 2018

Stevenson Meets with Pharmacists Campaigning for Flu Jab Delivery

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has met with health campaigners calling for local pharmacies to be able to administer flu vaccinations for the NHS in Scotland.

Representatives from Community Pharmacy Scotland have been in the Scottish Parliament to meet with representatives about the issue.
In England, highly-qualified pharmacists can administer flu vaccinations currently.

The organisation is calling for the same to be allowed North of the border in a bid to lessen pressures on GP services.

According to Community Pharmacy Scotland, allowing pharmacists to administer the flu jab would help significantly in getting much closer to target levels amongst the most vulnerable populations who qualify for the vaccination such as the elderly, pregnant women and people with specific conditions.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“It was very informative to meet with representatives of Community Pharmacy Scotland to learn more about the impact of pharmacists delivering this service.

“The number of people suffering flu has doubled from the previous year, particularly in the older population.

“Allowing pharmacists to give flu jabs could very well lessen the pressure on GPs and encourage more people to ensure they get vaccinated this Winter.”

Chief Executive of Community Pharmacy Scotland, Harry McQuillan, said:

“We have a network of 1250 pharmacies staffed by qualified clinicians throughout our communities, often open six days a week.

“We need the required change in legislation to allow us to come into line with England, where pharmacists delivered 1.17 million flu vaccinations between September and January last winter.”

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