High demand for flu jabs sees Boots in East of England run out of supplies

Some Boots stores ran out of flu jabs on Friday. Picture: PA/MYUNG JUNG KIM

Some Boots stores ran out of flu jabs on Friday. Picture: PA/MYUNG JUNG KIM - Credit: PA

At least one Boots store in this region temporarily ran out of flu vaccinations amid rising concerns about the virus.

The Daily Telegraph reported that 10 branches in the Midlands, East of England, South and South West had run out of the medication on Friday.

A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We’ve seen a very high level of demand in the recent week from people looking to protect themselves and their families against flu this winter and has meant some Boots stores temporarily ran out of stock for a limited time.”

Supplies were replenished on Saturday, the spokeswoman confirmed.

People aged under nine or over 65 can get a free flu jab, as well as people who are pregnant or have certain medical conditions,

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A Department for Health and Social Care spokeswoman said: “Vaccines are the best protection we have against flu. As well as getting the jab from a pharmacy, patients can also book an appointment with their GP.

“We are in close contact with the vaccine manufacturers and we are confident there is sufficient vaccine availability.”

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