Ramsay announces it has topped up flu vaccine supplies across its pharmacy network
A recent supply of influenza vaccines has topped up stocks in Ramsay Pharmacies across New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, the group has announced.
An unprecedented demand for flu vaccinations this year has caused many pharmacies and doctor clinics to run out of supplies.
Ramsay Pharmacy Operations General Manager Michelle Lynch said the additional vaccine stock had been distributed to the 59 Ramsay Pharmacies around Australia, including those in New South Wales.
“Many pharmacists have administered more flu vaccinations in the past two months than they did for the entire 2019 influenza season,” Ms Lynch said.
The supply top-up will allow patients to receive their flu vaccination before the worst of the season arrives, she said.
“Fortunately, we’ve been able to increase our supply so anyone who has not yet been immunised now has the opportunity to have their vaccine and enjoy a flu-free winter.”
Ms Lynch said Ramsay Pharmacies has also seen a record demand for flu vaccinations this year, with a 500% increase in vaccinations compared to the 2019 season.
“Fears of getting sick from a double whammy of COVID-19 and the flu led many people to have their flu vaccine a bit earlier than usual this year,” she said.
“There’s also been calls from leading health officials for the public to make sure they get immunised, and it’s been a requirement for many employees – particularly those in aged care and health settings – to be immunised in order to work in these high risk settings in a bid to minimise community infection.”