Flu Vaccination: 2021 – 2022

GM Healthcare Academy: Flu Vaccination Training

Greater Manchester Healthcare Academy have announced four Flu Vaccination training events for the month of May. Further information and details on how to book your place can be found below.

  • Sunday 9th May 2021, 08:30 – 13:00, The Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, OL9 8DE. Book online
  • Sunday 9th May 2021, 13:30 – 18:00, The Victoria Hotel, Hollinwood Avenue, Chadderton, OL9 8DE. Book online
  • Sunday 23rd May 2021, 08:30 – 13:00, The Manor House, 200 St Helen’s Road, Bolton, England, BL3 4EB. Book online
  • Sunday 23rd May 2021, 13:30- 18:00, The Manor House, 200 St Helen’s Road, Bolton, England, BL3 4EB. Book online

Stock Ordering (17/02)

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)’s guidance for accessing centrally supplied flu vaccines is clear that providers are unable to return unused centrally supplied stock.

Where it looks likely that you will be left with excessive levels of central stock, please talk to your regional team, primary care network, or commissioner to see whether it can be redistributed elsewhere within your area.

Please ensure that you still have sufficient supply to vaccinate eligible people who may yet come forward.

Community pharmacies should plan their ordering for 2021/22 season on the basis of meeting at least the numbers of vaccinations they achieved during the 2020/21 season.

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Contractors are encouraged to review the JCVI advice for the 2021/22 season, published in November 2020 and order vaccines in line with reimbursement guidance.

NHSE/I Flu Vaccination Letter on Reimbursement and Ordering

NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I) have published a letter to GPs, Community Pharmacies, and Chief Executives, Chief Nursing Officers, and Medical Directors of all NHS trusts detailing achievements and developments of the flu season 2020/21, and advice for the 2021/22 season including ordering and reimbursement of vaccines.

There may be further policy developments during 2021/22 informed by the levels and impact of COVID-19 infection to the population. In this situation further advice will be communicated as soon as possible.

Read the full letter here

Flu Vaccines 2021/22: Updated NHSE&I Letter

Last week, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) reported in its Primary Care Bulletin that 50 to 64 year olds would be included as an eligible cohort for the 2021/22 flu vaccination season.

Following this announcement, NHSE&I has now published its updated flu reimbursement letter. The updated letter provides information on the flu vaccines which will be reimbursable under the 2021/22 Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service (Flu Vaccination Service), for the three cohorts (65 years and over, 50-64s and at-risk adults aged 18-64). This includes the addition of the QIVr (Supemtek, Sanofi Pasteur) vaccine.

Read the full NHSE/I letter here

It is important that all contractors that provide the Flu Vaccination Service review the contents of the letter and use the information contained within to inform their ordering of flu vaccine for the season ahead.