Doctors in England to get extra flu vaccine supplies

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In this screen grab from video issued by Britain's Oxford University, a volunteer is injected with either an experimental COVID-19 vaccine or a comparison shot as part of the first human trials in the U.K. to test a potential vaccine, led by Oxford University in England on April 25, 2020. About 100 research groups around the world are pursuing vaccines against the coronavirus, with nearly a dozen in early stages of human trials or poised to start. (University of Oxford via AP)

English doctors are to be given extra supplies of this winter’s flu vaccine in a bid to reduce the pressure on the health service amid rising numbers of coronavirus cases.

Earlier this month, the Royal College of GPs wrote to health secretary Matt Hancock, seeking assurances that they will have enough doses to cope with demand.

Doctors are being advised to deliver vaccines from their own stock and they can then place orders from mid-October for extra supplies from government-secured stock to be delivered from November.

The vaccines will be provided for at-risk groups, such as 65s and over, pregnant women and those with pre-existing conditions, as well as front-line health and social care workers.

Jonathan Van-Tam, England’s deputy chief medical officer has said: “If you are in an eligible group, or if you are a front-line health or social care worker, the flu vaccination will help to protect you and your loved ones this winter; that is very important at a time when COVID-19 is an additional threat.

Sky News

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