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Pre-school booster program hit by vaccine shortage

GPs are being warned that they will receive a reduced allocation of pre-school booster vaccines after a national shortage forced the Department of Health to cut the number of jabs supplied.

In the June issue of the department's vaccine supply newsletter, it admitted it had been left with no option but to reduce the number of vaccines distributed to GPs, ‘in order to maintain stability in matching deliveries to supplies.'

From July 7 Pediacel, Infanrix/IPV, Repevax and Menitorix will be allocated to surgeries on a fortnightly basis, which the size of the allocation based on the size of practices' previous orders and ‘cannot be increased'.

The DH have also learned that they expect the restrictions to be in place for at least six months and may be needed until the end of the Hib catch-up campaign in March 2009.


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