Dr Bridget O’Brien says while emergency vaccines were made available during the recent measles outbreak, she believes the normal system in place is ‘cumbersome.’
She says she gets around four vaccines to immunise infant patients against measles, mumps and rubella every month.
However, she says there are unplanned situations where people will call into her surgery asking for their child to be immunised.
She says GPs should have an emergency stock of vaccines in addition to their regular allocations:
The HSE says it provides vaccines to GPs via an online ordering system as well as a monthly delivery programe.
It says if GPs need more vaccines on top of their monthly delivery, this will be facilitated.