AN elderly couple attended a medical centre for their flu jab appointment – only to be told to go out and buy one.
Eric Bird, 82, said he was told by staff at Glenroyd Medical Centre, Bispham, he and his wife would have to wait until November for a jab or they could visit a supermarket chain and pay £6 for the treatment there.
And Eric’s wife Ivy, 81, who had recently been discharged from hospital following a knee replacement, was left worried her health may suffer.
Mr Bird, of Northgate, Bispham, said: “We should have had our flu jabs but they had run out and said they wouldn’t have them until November.
“We had an appointment but it had to be cancelled because they didn’t have the supplies.
“The jab won’t ease my wife’s knee pain, but it’s just annoying.
“I think it’s disgusting we can’t get it.”
The couple said they were advised they could alternatively go to the supermarket and pay for the vaccine.
Mr Bird added: “They said we could go to Sainsbury’s for it but I’m positive we shouldn’t have to do that with the taxes we already pay.”
A spokesman for NHS Blackpool said the vaccination had now been delivered to all medical centres and GP practices but administering it was done at their own discretion.
She was unable to provide details of how many people had applied for flu vaccine appointments at this stage.
The spokesman added: “The flu vaccine is now available at every GP practice and medical centre in Blackpool.
“However, we do know there was a slight delay in supply from one manufacturer.
“The flu season usually begins towards the end of November and beginning of December and can continue through to February.
“Flu vaccine sessions are organised within each GP practice or medical centre.
“It is up to the individual centres to vaccinate patients depending on their clinical capacity.”