Local investment in Flu vaccine will help save lives and free up valuable hospital space.

That’s according to Tuam based Councillor Donagh Killilea who is a member of the regional health forum and has received details regarding the fees and roll out of the 2020 flu vaccine campaign.

Cllr. Killilea welcomes that all older adults regardless of means will receive the flu vaccine free of charge from their local GP or Pharmacy.

It is also noteworthy that children between two and twelve years of age are free and that any vulnerable user with an underlying condition are also free regardless of age.

Meanwhile, Pharmacists will be given the power to administer flu vaccines in people’s homes or cars for the first time under plans being brought forward by the Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly.

The changes will allow pharmacists to give the flu vaccine at locations other than in their own retail premises for the first time.

Pharmacists have been allowed to provide a vaccination service on their pharmacy premises to patients for 10 years. Mr Donnelly will bring amendments to existing legislation to allow for the introduction of the practice and it is expected the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland will discuss guidelines as early as next week.

The measures are being put in place to support the healthcare system during the Covid-19 pandemic and also to take vaccination pressures off other areas of primary care.

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