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Table 3 Reasons for visiting a pharmacy for a flu immunisation (those patients eligible for free NHS immunisation that completed the survey, n = 199)

From: “It’s easier in pharmacy”: why some patients prefer to pay for flu jabs rather than use the National Health Service

Reason for visiting a pharmacy** Number of patients Proportion of total (n = 199)
Convenient location 101 51%
Convenient opening hours 85 43%
Prefer the pharmacy environment and/or staff 50 25%
Inconvenient getting to a surgery 37 19%
Vaccine available 23 12%
Saw the service advertised in-store 20 10%
Spur of the moment decision 8 4%
Employer-purchased voucher 8 4%
Staff member 3 2%
GP referral 3 2%
Trust pharmacist 3 2%
Other* 22 11%
Total responses 363  
  1. *Other reasons given included GP appointment availability, surgery waiting times, pharmacist recommendation and the pharmacy being less expensive than elsewhere.
  2. **Note that some patients gave more than one reason and therefore the total responses (363) exceed the number of patients who responded to this question (199).