There is very limited availability of flu vaccines in private pharmacies in Cyprus, according to the president of the Pancyprian Pharmaceutical Association Eleni Piera, who said the vaccines started being distributed in the beginning of September.
“Due to coronavirus pandemic, people have panicked and started buying flu jabs en masse. As a result, pharmacies are now almost out of stock,” Piera said on Wednesday.
She also added that almost all pharmacies had placed very small orders for flu jabs, as the health ministry had announced that influenza vaccines would be administered by personal doctors through Gesy.
“A total of 25,000 flu jabs were distributed in early September and about 20,000 are expected in late October, but we are not sure this will actually happen,” Piera said, adding that the pharmaceutical company supplying the pharmacies is the same as the one that supplies public hospitals.
“Vulnerable groups were advised to get their flu jabs from their doctors, but the pandemic has made everyone, including vulnerable people, turn to pharmacies, so, naturally, the September delivery was sold in the blink of an eye,” she said.
Moreover, she added that all people who were not covered by health ministry protocols were also left without solutions, as GPs prioritised vulnerable categories and pharmacies also ran out of jabs very soon.