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Admin errors led to childhood vaccine 'shortage'

An administrative blunder by the Department of Health's suppliers sparked fears of a national shortage of paediatric vaccines, Pulse can reveal.

The department issued a statement in June warning GPs that practices would receive a ‘reduced allocation' of Pediacel, Infanrix/IPV, Repevax and Menitorix as part of the pre-school booster campaign.

However a DH spokesperson categorically denied there was any shortage – and told Pulse the original letter had been a ‘mistake' – based on incorrect instructions given to the contractor company Movianto.

‘An unfortunate mistake resulted in some surgeries being told that they would receive less vaccine than they should. However, this is NOT the case. The suppliers delivered the correct allocated quantities of vaccine from last week, as originally planned.'

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