Flu: a union of pharmacists warns of a shortage of vaccines

Will the flu vaccine soon be out of stock in France? This is what fears the Union Syndicale des Pharmaciens de Pharmacien (USPO) which warns, Sunday, October 25, about this risk, by denouncing “a lack of reactivity of the laboratories”. After a survey of its members, the second trade union in the profession estimates that between 70 and 90% the number of pharmacies which no longer have any stock, just ten days after the opening of the vaccination campaign.

“Last year, 11 million doses were dispensed by pharmacies”, recalls Pierre-Olivier Varlot, vice-president of the USPO, during a union seminar. This year, the government has planned an even more ambitious vaccination campaign, with 13 million doses distributed.

For its part, the Ministry of Health disputes this alarmist finding and ensures that, “in the most affected regions, we would arrive at 18 to 20% of pharmacies out of stock”, according to the figures of the Order.

According to the ministry, 1.2 million doses are due for delivery next week. “In previous years, pharmacies did not get their orders in full from the first day of the vaccination campaign, you always had a long-term supply”, he said. The Ministry of Health finally recalled that the flu epidemic was not yet there. “It should arrive in December-January, or even later.”

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