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Supermarkets to offer flu jabs

4th October 2006

A number of supermarkets have said that they will be offering flu jabs to the elderly this winter.

Firms such as Asda, Morrisons and Boots have all announced their intention to provide a jab service, as the Department of Health has admitted that around two million vaccines will not reach doctor's surgeries until December at the earliest.

Instead of receiving free vaccinations from their GP, many elderly and infirm people wishing to receive the potentially life-saving drug can pay up to £22 for the service from other sources, reports the Daily Express.

"As a convenient alternative for anyone unable to visit their GP, our on-site service will be carried out using registered nurses," a Morrisons spokesperson told the publication.

"To book their jab, customers will need to make an appointment via their local Morrisons pharmacy."

Many elderly charities have condemned the news of the drug shortage and the secretary for health, Patricia Hewitt, has called for an official inquiry.