Flu Vaccination Service
Flu Vaccination Service
On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that as part of the 2015/16 community pharmacy funding settlement NHS England had agreed to allow community pharmacies in England to offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups.
This service is the fifth Advanced Service in the English Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) and provision of the service commenced from 16th September 2015.
We know lots of pharmacy contractors and their teams are starting to actively plan for the 2020-21 flu vaccination service. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) and Public Health England (PHE) are likewise currently undertaking an extensive programme of work to plan for the flu vaccination programme in 2020/21, including consideration of how the programme can be delivered in a COVID-secure manner.
Consideration is also still being given to whether the programme could be expanded to include a wider group of patients than normal, as was highlighted in the Annual flu letter for 2020-21 (see below).
Following planning discussions at its May Committee meeting, PSNC started discussions with NHSE&I on potential changes to the community pharmacy flu vaccination service which could be made this year to support provision of the service in a COVID-secure way. These include proposed changes to allow provision of the service within the pharmacy premises, but not within the consultation room and provision of the service off the pharmacy premises.
Our proposals are still being considered by NHSE&I, but we believe it is important that pharmacy contractors think about and plan for several different scenarios which may be open to them this year.
To help contractors and their teams with this, we have published a PSNC Briefing which:
- provides early guidance for contractors and their teams on the regular in-pharmacy vaccination service;
- highlights the potential scenarios being discussed that may provide additional opportunities to provide the community pharmacy flu vaccination service in other environments;
- lists considerations that contractors may need to reflect on ahead of the service launch; and
- highlights other resources which may support contractors to provide the service.
We strongly recommend that contractors use the information in the briefing document to plan how they may be able to provide a COVID-safe service this year.
Contractors must however note that the changes PSNC is seeking to the flu vaccination service, described in the briefing, have not yet been agreed and may never be agreed by NHSE&I. We will confirm any agreed changes as soon as possible, but in the meantime, the options presented should only be used for planning purposes.
Training requirements in 2020/21
Following a request from PSNC, Public Health England has confirmed that anyone who has undertaken face to face vaccination training before and is due to undertake face-to-face training this year, can delay the face-to-face requirement until next year. Read more on the training requirements page
Annual flu letter published for 2020-21
Click on a heading below for more information. These website pages will be updated when the requirements for the 2020/21 service are finalised.