Local flu jabs held up by lorry driver shortage

GP surgeries have appealed for people to be understanding about circumstances beyond their control.
Photo of lorry from freepik

People eligible for NHS flu vaccinations are being urged to be patient as Reading doctors’ surgeries cope with delayed deliveries due to national lorry driver shortages.

Balmore Pak Surgery in Caversham had hoped to start giving over-65s the flu jab from Saturday 25 September but had to push this back to October 9 due to road haulage delays.

‘Please accept our apologies for the delay but this really is beyond our control,’ the surgery said.

The Potteries Surgery in Tilehurst said on 23 September that its flu vaccine delivery ‘has unfortunately been delayed again’ and it hoped to hold its first flu clinic on 9 October.

Milman Road and Kennet surgeries told patients in early September that its deliveries had also been affected, due to circumstances 'out of control'.

All surgeries are asking patients not to ring to find out flu vaccination or Covid booster vaccination dates and instead wait to be contacted. While doctors would like to be able to give eligible people their flu and Covid booster at the same time, different delivery dates or delays mean that this might not be possible at all surgeries.

Read our guide to flu vaccinations

What you need to know about Covid bosters

Looking for information about health and care?

Find advice and information to help you stay well and make decisions about your health and social care support.

Find advice and information