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Further restrictions placed on Zostavax supply as GPs blamed for shortage

Public Health England has placed a further restriction on orders of the shingles vaccine Zostavax after blaming GPs for causing stocks to run out by placing multiple orders.

PHE last month restricted practices to ordering just five doses of the Zostavax shingles vaccine at a time because of a temporary delay in the supply of vaccine from the manufacturer. But stocks ran out regardless as a result of practices placing multiple orders to get round the five-dose cap, PHE claimed in a vaccine update.

The public health body confirmed to Pulse that the vaccine is available again from the ImmForm website, but while the shortage continues it is placing an additional restriction of 25 vaccine doses per practice per week in an attempt to prevent any worsening of the situation.

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