Feline Vaccination Shortage
By Kay Hisano | Dated November 27, 2023
Following the shortage of Leptospirosis vaccination, the veterinary industry is now facing a supply issue with all standard cat vaccinations. It is unknown how long it will take for the stock to be back.
F3 vaccine guards against feline panleukopenia, herpesvirus, and calicivirus, vital diseases that impact a cat’s health. Due to the shortage, we’ve initiated adjustments to our vaccination protocols to manage the limited vaccine stock.
Recognizing that kittens are particularly vulnerable due to their lack of immunity, priority is given to their booster shots. However, in the meantime, we are solely focusing on the first two kitten vaccinations only for the time being. Typically, the first vaccination would be done between 6-8 weeks of age, followed by a booster at 10-12 weeks of age.
It is still highly advised to bring your cat in for their annual health check. At this time your veterinarian will determine if vaccination is appropriate and will advise when stock is likely to become available again.
As the holiday season approaches, where many cats might be placed in boarding facilities, we understand the need for vaccinations. For healthy cats who have a low chance of contracting disease, the veterinarian may choose to delay the vaccination. In such cases, a delayed vaccination letter can be provided upon request. However, for cats deemed at risk, we will prioritize vaccination.
Our guidelines on this decision are based on the ANZCVS Feline Chapter recommendations.