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Vaccination against influenza to be performed in pharmacies, - Health Ministry

Source : 112 Ukraine

A total of 1.25 million doses of vaccines from various manufacturers are planned to be imported to Ukraine this season
14:40, 5 November 2021

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A project on influenza vaccination in pharmacies will start in Ukraine on November 10, the press center of Ukraine's Ministry of Health reports.

The project aims to facilitate Ukrainians' access to seasonal flu vaccinations and to demonstrate that Ukraine is ready to implement world best practices in healthcare.

"The ability to come to the pharmacy, buy a vaccine and get vaccinated immediately greatly simplifies access to seasonal flu vaccination, which is extremely important in a Covid-19 pandemic. We hope that the pilot project on influenza vaccination in pharmacies will be successfully implemented, continued and scaled up next year. This is another step towards transforming the health care system and bringing it closer to European standards," said Iryna Rudenko, Director General of the Directorate of Public Health and Disease Prevention of Ukraine.

A total of 1.25 million doses of vaccines from various manufacturers are planned to be imported to Ukraine this season. According to the Center for Public Health, 14,946 people have been vaccinated against influenza since the beginning of the epidemic season.

"According to unofficial statistics (according to the number of doses of vaccines purchased from pharmacies), we can talk about 0.9% of those vaccinated against influenza. With a population of about 40 million, almost 1% is not enough. Of course, there is no collective immunity," said Fedir Lapiy, a pediatric infectious disease specialist and head of the National Technical Group of Experts on Immunoprophylaxis.

As it was reported earlier, Australian scientists claimed the extinction of one of four flu strains, which have been regularly included in the annual inoculations from influenza. This happened when the Covid-19 pandemic began in early 2020.

Related: Ukrainian Health Ministry calls on citizens to vaccinate against coronavirus

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