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The Department of Health and Social Care (DH) has further extended a vaccine supply notification issued for 23 valent polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccine (Pneumovax 23) pre-filled syringes of Merck Sharp and Dohme Limited.

The Pneumovax 23 pre-filled syringes (PFS) will remain out of stock until mid-May.

Maximum ordering quotas have been placed in agreement with the DH, Public Health England, NHS England and Improvement, Merck Sharp and Dohme Limited and the wholesaler AAH, to ensure equitable and appropriate distribution during the period until mid May, the PSNC has said in an update.

There is an override procedure in place for these quotas to fulfil orders for individuals in high risk clinical groups as outlined by PHE’s guidance. Supplies can only be ordered from the wholesaler AAH via the usual channels.

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