Flu jab changes backed by MSP

Wishaw Press - - WINNER - Ross Thom­son

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.”

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