NEARLY one in four over-65s in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area are yet to be vaccinated against the flu, following an outcry over its use of a recall system that prioritised the youngest first.
Following an investigation by the Herald in October, the health board confirmed that it was using the Scottish Immunisation Recall System (SIRS) for this year’s flu vaccination rollout.
As SIRS was originally designed for childhood immunisations, it offers appointments from youngest to oldest meaning that patients in their 90s would be invited for the jag weeks after lower risk 65-year-olds.
At the time, NHSGGC said the system “will still offer all over 65’s in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area an appointment before the flu season begins at the end of November”.
However, a spokeswoman confirmed that just 76% per cent of the city’s over 65 age group have been given the flu jag…