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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-02599: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it has taken to ensure that sufficient supplies of pneumococcal vaccine have been made available for all people aged 65 or over.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 22 November 2018

GPs have been provided with guidance on the management of eligible patients. Practices have been asked to deliver the programme across the year, rather than linking it to the flu programme as in previous years. This will help ensure stock is available to cover the requirements each month. GPs are being asked to prioritise vaccine to those at high risk.

The pneumococcal vaccination is not required on an annual basis, but is instead a one-off vaccination, so priority is being given to vaccinate those newly diagnosed with conditions in the high risk groups.