January 29, 2022

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Influenza vaccination in the UK should be postponed, the problem is in transport

The seasonal flu vaccination campaign in the UK should be postponed for two weeks.

The reason is the problems in the transport of vaccines caused by the shortage of truck drivers due to Brexit and corona virus infections. AFP announced it on Saturday.

Free flu vaccine

Sekirus, Britain’s largest influenza vaccine, said the vaccines would not be given to the UK and Wales until two weeks later. He justified this by “unpredictable problems caused by road freight delays”.

More than 35 million people are to be vaccinated against the flu free of charge as part of this year’s British-funded vaccination campaign. The influenza vaccine is now more important with corona virus infection than in other years.

Last fall and winter, the flu was less prevalent in the UK than in previous years. Govt locks and restrictions on the movement of people have also restricted the circulation of the influenza virus. Experts warn that one season with a low fever cycle usually continues into another season with a higher rate of disease.

The biggest vaccination campaign

Therefore, the British government is preparing the largest influenza vaccination campaign in the country to date, in which all high school students and adults over the age of 50 must be vaccinated. The National Health Service (NHS) has already begun sending out calls urging residents to register the vaccination date before September.

However, Sikrus has urged doctors to wait until some vaccine deliveries are made. At the same time, he assured the public that all efforts would be made to resolve the problems in the transportation of vaccines as soon as possible.

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Britain is struggling with a shortage of freight drivers, mostly as the country exits the EU, with a corona virus outbreak. Many lorries from EU member states have returned to their home countries after Brexit and the outbreak of the epidemic. Frequent testing for COVID-19 makes life difficult for new British drivers to replace.