Flu Vaccinations

– in the Scottish Parliament on 7th November 2019.

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Photo of Gillian Martin Gillian Martin Scottish National Party

I understand that as a result of United Kingdom-wide delays of Fluenz Tetra, which is procured by Public Health England, NHS Grampian has decided to prioritise available vaccine for people who are most at risk and children aged two to five years old. What action has been taken to ensure that all eligible children get their flu vaccine as soon as possible?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

I thank Gillian Martin for raising the issue. There is a delay in the supply of a proportion of the children’s vaccine, which is procured by Public Health England on behalf of the whole UK, and the delay is affecting all parts of the UK.

I take the opportunity to reassure parents and families that we are doing everything possible to minimise disruption that is caused by the delay. We are working with Public Health England, Health Protection Scotland, health boards and other relevant partners to ensure that all eligible children get their flu vaccine as soon as possible.

We have decided that initially those who are most at risk and children aged two to five will be prioritised, with health boards working to ensure that all other eligible children, including children at primary school, receive their vaccine as quickly as possible.