O’Brien tackles flu vaccine shortage
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien has written to the state government seeking urgent support for Gippsland Clinics and pharmacies to get doses of the flu vaccine.
Mr O’Brien was responding after a number of constituents contacted him alarmed that they had been placed on long waiting lists to get the flu vaccine.
“Quite rightly, the state and federal governments have been encouraging all people to get vaccinated for influenza this year, Mr O’Brien said.
“While the vaccine doesn’t protect against COVID-19, no one wants to get a double dose of the regular flu and coronavirus.
“Indications are that more than three times as many people have had the flu vaccine so far this year than at the same time last year, causing a drain on supplies.
“I’ve written to the state government which supplies government vaccines through Onelink to pharmacies and clinics and called on the Minister to speed up the process.
“I was pleased to hear on the weekend that the federal government had secured a further 3.5 million doses of the vaccine and hopefully this will start to come through the system very soon.”
Mr O’Brien said getting the flu vaccine was particularly important for people aged over 65.
“While we are all focused on coronavirus, which is a very serious ailment, it is also important that people protect themselves from the flu and the vaccine will certainly help do that.
“It’s important that the state government doesn’t drop the ball on the standard flu vaccine, despite the focus on coronavirus and I’m hopeful that supplies will be coming through soon to ensure everyone who wants a vaccine can get it.”
22 April 2020