Flu Vaccination Service update – Care home workers and domiciliary care workers


Flu Vaccination Service update – Care home workers and domiciliary care workers

November 2, 2017

Following last month’s announcement of NHS England proposals to manage winter pressures, which included the decision to add care home workers to the group of people eligible for NHS flu vaccination, NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) have been making the necessary arrangements to add this group to the community pharmacy and general practice flu vaccination services.

This work includes making minor amendments to the service specification and the patient group direction (PGD) for the NHS Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service. These updated documents will be published as soon as they have been approved by NHS England and PHE, but in order to help community pharmacy teams to start planning how they may offer vaccinations to people within the new group, the new target group definition is as follows:

Adult health and social care staff (aged 18 years and over), employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza, meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group (see Appendix A of the PGD) or aged 65 years and over.

IMPORTANT – Pharmacy contractors cannot vaccinate people in the new target group under the NHS Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination Advanced Service until the revised service specification and PGD are published and become effective. The effective date will be communicated to pharmacy contractors in due course, but it is anticipated that this will be in mid-November. When the new PGD is published, pharmacists providing the service will need to read and sign it before vaccinating patients.

PSNC will provide further information on this as soon as possible.

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