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The chief medical officer (CMO) for Wales has advised pharmacists to order injectable flu vaccines from more than one supplier to reduce the risk of vaccine shortages.

In a recent letter, Frank Atherton said that this year’s vaccination campaign had been very challenging due to “supply issues delaying deliveries of some vaccines”.

The letter provides advice on ordering supplies of influenza vaccines for the 2020-2021 season based on the recommendations from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

The CMO said securing sufficient stock of appropriate vaccine was crucial and asked general practices and pharmacies to liaise within clusters to help ensure that alternative vaccines were available locally.

“Health boards should ensure that practices and pharmacies have equal opportunity to order alternative effective vaccines,” the letter read.

Health boards have also been asked to make arrangements for the vaccination campaign with local community pharmacies which meet the standards described in the nationally agreed enhanced service specification.

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