March 31, 2021
Flu jab timetable set
The Health Ministry has secured more than 2.4 million doses of influenza vaccine ahead of the 2021 flu season.
That’s almost 300,000 doses more than last year’s record supply.
The ministry says the immunisation programme will begin as scheduled in two weeks for those aged 65 and over as supplies arrive in the country.
It will start in early May for people aged under 65 – one month later than the usual schedule.
Public Health Dr Caroline McElnay says the ministry is continuing to ramp up the country’s biggest vaccine programme â€“ immunising against Covid-19.
DHBs will continue with childhood immunisations, including outreach immunisation services, school-based immunisation programmes and BCG vaccination services, while the Measles, Mumps and Rubella ‘catch up’ campaign will focus on GP and pharmacy-based immunisation.
During the coming months, the focus will be on the COVID-19 immunisation programme, which will take priority for some DHBs.
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