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Roll down those sleeves and cover up those buttocks: the current pandemic of unavailability/stock shortages/supply problems/mystery disappearances involving our favourite prescribed drugs has recently infected vaccines, too. So if you thought it was fun prescribing, say, your favourite contraceptive pill after a torturous and tortured half hour exploring the options, only for the local pharmacy to tell you, another half hour later, that it isn’t available, imagine how much you’re going to enjoy running an efficient vaccine service when you don’t have any, er, vaccines.

Because, according to my practice nurses, we currently can’t get hold of any yellow fever, typhoid or MMR vaccines - and the new shingles vaccine may be teetering on the brink of some supply Black Hole only a few weeks after its Big Bang, too. And that’s before we get into the inevitable annual shenanigans involving the flu jab/spray.

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, our sodding vaccine fridge shuffled off this mortal coil, or at least, off its fan-assisted condenser one. Result? A whole heap of ruined vaccine, and even I’m not mercenary enough to go ahead and use it anyway, particularly when my partners won’t let me.

And the response when we phoned up to place an urgent order for a new vaccine fridge? Yep: there’s a supply problem.

Dr Tony Copperfield is a GP in Essex. You can email him at tonycopperfield@hotmail.com and follow him on Twitter @DocCopperfield.

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  • There was a supply problem for adrenaline , emergency drug. It was impossible to get hold of .

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  • There is a supply problem of doctors!

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  • ditto Dr Copperfield! Our vaccine fridge has also given up the ghost, wasted vaccines had replaced parts, and we too have reordered the elusive jabs!

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  • We in pharmacy are suffering also, we are having problems even with some common OTC products e.g. kwells, all nicorette gum to name but a few. AAH have no flu vaccines as Novartis are delayed and should be in around 18th of this month.
    As you are aware, they have already announced problems with the nasal flu vaccine...and the NHS wont be supplying that one to docs, they need to source themselves.
    When you speak to your pharmacists make sure they give you an alternative that is in stock!

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Dr Tony Copperfield is a jobbing GP in Essex with more than a few chips on his shoulder