Flu 2020 – NHS England Advanced Service Specification and PGD published

Flu 2020 – NHS England Advanced Service Specification and PGD published

August 31, 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have today published the service specification for the 2020/21 Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service and the associated national Patient Group Direction (PGD).

These documents, alongside the amendments to the Secretary of State Directions (also signed today), formally start the countdown to the commencement of what is expected to be the largest ever community pharmacy flu vaccination programme on Tuesday 1st September 2020.

PSNC has successfully negotiated key flexibilities to help contractors to offer the service in a COVID-safe way, allowing for vaccinations off-site and outside the consultation room. Pharmacies can also now vaccinate care home staff at their place of work and use a verbal consent model.

Contractors should note, however that, unless they are already eligible for vaccination due to being in a clinical-risk group, people aged 50 to 64 years cannot be vaccinated as part of the NHS service until an announcement is made by NHSE&I, probably in November or December.

For more information about the flu vaccination service launch please read the following PSNC website page:


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