Flu jab changes backed by MSP
Shotts MSP Alex Nei l is backing Community Pharmac y Scotland’s campaign to change the law on NHS vaccinations.
Currently in Scotland, highly qualified pharmacists are unable to administer flu vaccinations for the NHS – despite being well able to do so.
Unlike in England and Wales, the 1978 NHS ( Scotland) Act prevents NHS vaccinations from being given in community pharmacies or by any other party to the NHS.
The MSP said: “Delivery of flu jabs and other vaccinations at community pharmacies is a much needed change to Scotland’s vaccination service that will help alleviate the already hard-pressed GP services.
“The 40-year old law no longer fits Scotland’s needs. We need new legislation that allows us to utilise the capable professionals Scotland already has in order for many more people to benefit from safe and easily accessible NHS vaccinations.
“I would encourage everyone to get the flu jab as it is your best defence against the flu and related illnesses.”