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GP Vaccinations: telling patient they are out of stock and go private

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Found 22nd Aug 2017
Hi all,

a colleague of mine is going to Thailand and after waiting a month for an vaccine appointment for the trip, the nurse is saying they are saying they don't have any vaccinations as they are all out of stock?! seems a bit weird .

basically a waste of an appointment and told to just go private.
is that normal practice at a GP?

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TBH I don't see why the NHS should fund travel vaccines, surely that cost should be borne by the person choosing to travel abroad?
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I work in a pharmacy and we recently received a bulletin stating that there is a worldwide shortage of vaccines and as a result they are only supplying them to hospitals at the moment. Vaccines tend to be a bit of a hit or a miss with supply issues but it has never been this bad. I'm unsure how much success your friend will have getting them privately but I don't think there is much hope of getting them on the NHS for the foreseeable future.

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caffola6 m ago

I work in a pharmacy and we recently received a bulletin stating that …I work in a pharmacy and we recently received a bulletin stating that there is a worldwide shortage of vaccines and as a result they are only supplying them to hospitals at the moment. Vaccines tend to be a bit of a hit or a miss with supply issues but it has never been this bad. I'm unsure how much success your friend will have getting them privately but I don't think there is much hope of getting them on the NHS for the foreseeable future.


thanks , yeah looking into this further seems like a shortage on hep A. weird but i guess it can happen. thanks again.

TBH I don't see why the NHS should fund travel vaccines, surely that cost should be borne by the person choosing to travel abroad?

sicklysweet3 h, 48 m ago

TBH I don't see why the NHS should fund travel vaccines, surely that cost …TBH I don't see why the NHS should fund travel vaccines, surely that cost should be borne by the person choosing to travel abroad?


I sort of agree with you , although I've always had all my travel vaccinations at my GP, however if they no longer funded them I would pay privately. I think the issue is that a lot of people wouldn't bother and then the cost of treating potential illnesses that people come home with is far higher than the initial vaccination cost, so NHS would rather cover vaccines as in total it's probably more cost effective. I find it odd how people are prepared to pay for hols and not get essentials like vaccines and insurance but it seems to happen quite a lot

tinkerbellian4 h, 6 m ago

I sort of agree with you , although I've always had all my travel …I sort of agree with you , although I've always had all my travel vaccinations at my GP, however if they no longer funded them I would pay privately. I think the issue is that a lot of people wouldn't bother and then the cost of treating potential illnesses that people come home with is far higher than the initial vaccination cost, so NHS would rather cover vaccines as in total it's probably more cost effective. I find it odd how people are prepared to pay for hols and not get essentials like vaccines and insurance but it seems to happen quite a lot


It should be compulsory for people to get vaccinated where necessary and pay for it themselves before they go abroad. We have to do so for our dog when we go abroad, so don't see why this shouldn't be the same for humans!
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