Flu Vaccination Service

Published on: 22nd July 2015 | Updated on: 25th April 2022

The national community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2021/22 has now finished. Community pharmacy contractors are therefore reminded not to administer any further vaccinations under this service.

Community pharmacy has been providing flu vaccinations under a nationally commissioned service since September 2015.

Each year from September through to March the NHS runs a seasonal flu vaccination campaign aiming to vaccinate all patients who are at risk of developing more serious complications from the virus. The accessibility of pharmacies, their extended opening hours and the option to walk in without an appointment have proved popular with patients seeking vaccinations.

Page last updated on 22nd April 2022.

The 2022/23 flu vaccination programme

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has published their flu vaccination reimbursement letter for the 2022/23 season. The letter provides information on the flu vaccines which will be reimbursable under the 2022/23 Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service, for the two cohorts (65 years and over and at-risk adults aged 18-64).

The letter also highlights that in 2022/23, the NHS flu vaccination programme will only be offered to patient groups eligible in line with pre-pandemic recommendations.

Find out more

NHSE&I letter on flu vaccines for the 2022/23 season (2nd March 2022)

Annual flu letter for 2022/23 published

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the UK Health Security Agency and NHSE&I have jointly published the annual flu vaccination programme letter for the 2022/23 season.

Find out more

Read the annual flu vaccination programme letter for the 2022/23 season (22nd April 2022)

Click on a link below for more information.

Service specification for the flu vaccination Advanced Service 2021/22 (updated 29th September 2021)
The service specification describes the requirements for provision of the service and it is essential reading for all pharmacists providing the service.

National Patient Group Direction 2021/22 
The national Patient Group Direction (PGD) provides the legal mechanism for administration of flu vaccine under the service; it should not be used for any other purpose. Enquiries regarding the use of this PGD should be directed to ENGLAND.communitypharmacy@nhs.net

National protocol for inactivated influenza vaccine 2021/22
This protocol provides a legal mechanism for the administration of inactivated influenza vaccine by appropriately trained persons in accordance with regulation 247A of the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 (HMR 2012), inserted by The Human Medicines (Coronavirus and Influenza) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Note: although the protocol allows provision of flu vaccinations to people aged from 6 months to under 50 years in a clinical risk group, the service specification for community pharmacy is for the provision of a flu vaccination to patients aged 18 years and older who are specified in Annex A of the specification.

Amendments to the Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2013
The Secretary of State Directions provide the legal basis for the provision of the service.

PSNC Briefing 023/21: Guidance on the 2021/22 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service
This PSNC Briefing provides guidance for community pharmacy contractors and their teams on the 2021/22 NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service in England.

Additional resources for pharmacy teams

Guidance on use of Personal Protective Equipment

Training requirements and resources

Consent, record keeping and data requirements

Communicating and working with GP practices

Vaccinating outside the consultation room & off-site

Promoting the service to patients

Funding, claiming payment and post-payment verification

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Information and resources for LPCs

Flu Vaccination Service statistics


For more information on this topic please email services.team@psnc.org.uk

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