Apparently the swine flu immunisation program starts today. Shame the Department of Health are yet to issue the necessary guidance to allow this happen safely. We still await the new chapter theyâve promised for the Immunisation Against Infectious Diseases handbook and the Patient Group Directive that allows nurses and others to immunise in the absence of a prescription. The vaccine itself is being delivered to acute NHS hospitals from today and will be sent to GP practices from the 26th Oct, but and hereâs the catch, this process (by the DHâs own admission) will take up to 4 weeks and therefore it might be mid-November before all practices receive theirs and a timetable for this process has been promised but is still awaited. Iâve not seen such a f**ked up supply chain since Op Telic 1. I think the politicians and others should keep their traps firmly shut until all the necessary elements of this campaign are in place before announcing its started, all they have succeeded in doing is raising patientsâ expectation of a receiving a vaccine that might still be a month away.