As the flu outbreak continues to put pressure on hospitals, a Mayo pharmacist who ordered 20 flu vaccines from the HSE on the 6th January, was told they would not arrive for two weeks.
Ultan Molloy, who runs the Health West Community Pharmacy in Ballindine, says the contract with the HSE is that there are monthly deliveries of vaccines, and he believes the HSE should invest more in its delivery services.
The HSE says flu vaccines are available from the National Cold Chain Service and are delivered as part of the scheduled monthly deliveries.
During the flu season, additional routine deliveries are made so that pharmacies are entitled to fortnightly deliveries between September and December.
However, Ultan Molloy says that he already gets deliveries twice per day of other medicines from the HSE – yet he has to wait until next Monday to get delivery of the 20 vaccines ordered on 6th January….