Flu Vaccination – Statistics

Published on: 14th October 2015 | Updated on: 28th July 2022

This page contains data on the provision of the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service that has been provided to PSNC by clinical system suppliers.


The number of flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the NHS Advanced service grew by 75% in 2021/22 compared to the previous year, with 4,851,608 administrations being claimed by the end of March 2022 (NHSBSA data).

The rest of this section contains data on the provision of the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service that has been provided to PSNC by clinical system suppliers.

Flu vaccination data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar for 2021/22

The Excel document below contain information on the number of flu vaccinations administered as part of the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2021/22 which have been entered into the PharmOutcomes and Sonar systems.*

*Sonar data for the number of flu vaccinations administered as part of the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2021/22 has not been available to report since the start of February 2022. 

Some contractors are unable to use or have decided not to use these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore the total number of vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2021/22 will be higher than the number recorded in the Excel document below.

Daily flu vaccination data (last updated 4th April 2022)

Patient eligibility group data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar for 2021/22

This data shows the eligibility groups of patients who have been vaccinated in participating community pharmacies.

Some contractors are not able to use or have decided not to use electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore this data does not cover all patients vaccinated during the 2021/22 service.

Vaccination eligibility group PharmOutcomes (updated 4th April 2022) Sonar     (updated 4th April 2022) Total Percentage of total vaccinations
50 to 64 years old 1,979,274 232,672 2,211,728 46.2%
65 years and over 1,673,630 218,994 1,892,539 39.5%
Chronic respiratory disease 181,690 34,025 215,653 0.7%
Carer 56,771 10,057 66,722 1.4%
Diabetes 54,619 23,249 77,862 1.6%
Social care workers 47,734 11,790 59,482 1.2%
Immunosuppression 38,540 9,440 47,965 1.0%
Pregnant woman 37,267 7,948 45,148 0.9%
Household contact of immunocompromised individual 29,882 6,311 36,185 0.8%
Frontline primary care staff 22,029 10 22,029 0.5%
Morbid obesity 20,960 2,157 23,109 0.5%
Learning disability 16,541 2,356 18,894 0.4%
Chronic neurological disease 15,883 2,893 18,767 0.4%
Chronic heart disease 14,168 4,919 19,081 0.4%
Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment of Personal Health Budget 14,152 617 14,766 0.3%
Chronic kidney disease 4,089 1,130 5,219 0.1%
Hospice worker 3,130 414 3,537 0.1%
Chronic liver disease 2,948 830 3,777 0.1%
Person in long-stay residential care home/care facility 2,487 406 2,894 0.1%
Asplenia or splenic dysfunction 2,353 448 2,801 0.1%

Location of service data from PharmOutcomes

Location  Total Percentage  of total vaccinations
Pharmacy   3,914,502 98.8%
Long-stay care home or long-stay residential facility 18,575 0.5%
Patient’s home 4,182 0.1%
Other 25,547 0.6%

Last updated 4th April 2022

Analysis of provision to primary care sector staff from PharmOutcomes

Location  Total* Percentage  of total vaccinations
Community Pharmacy 8,238 40.6%
Dentistry 2,701 13.3%
General Practice 8,072 39.8%
Optometry 1,286 6.3%

* These figures do not include any private employer-led flu vaccination provisions that occurred before frontline primary care staff were announced as a new cohort for NHS flu vaccinations. 

Last updated 4th April 2022


Previous years data

Flu vaccination data for 2020/21

The number of flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the NHS Advanced service grew by 62% in 2020/21 compared to the previous year, with 2,766,332 administrations being claimed at the end of March (NHSBSA data).

The Excel and PDF documents below contain information on the number of flu vaccinations administered as part of the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2020/21 which have been entered into the PharmOutcomes and Sonar systems.

Some contractors are unable to use or have decided not to use these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore the total number of vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2020/21 will be higher than the number recorded in the Excel and PDF documents below.

Flu vaccination data 2020-21 (Excel)

Flu vaccination data 2020-21 (PDF)

Patient eligibility group data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar for 2020/21

This data shows the eligibility groups of patients who have been vaccinated in participating community pharmacies (updated on the 31st March 2021).

Some contractors are not able to use or have decided not to use electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore this data does not cover all patients vaccinated during the 20120/21 service.

Vaccination eligibility group PharmOutcomes Sonar Total Percentage  of total vaccinations
65 years and over 1,226,610 166,730 1,393,340 53.2%
A weakened immune system 44,919 8,780 53,699 2.1%
Adult household contact of immunocompromised individual 21,837 3,519 25,356 0.7%
Adults in long-stay residential care home/care facility 2,951 892 3,843 0.1%
Carer 87,379 13,519 100,898 3.9%
Asplenia or splenic dysfunction 2,468 394 2,862 0.1%
Chronic (long term) respiratory disease 201,424 31,946 233,370 8.9%
Chronic heart disease such as heart failure 38,032 8,341 46,373 1.8%
Chronic kidney disease 6,107 1022 7,129 0.3%
Chronic liver disease 3,307 669 3,976 0.2%
Chronic neurological disease 19,045 3,047 22,092 0.8%
Diabetes 99,309 26,680 125,989 4.8%
Social care staff 65,200 3,151 68,351 2.6%
Hospice worker 3,967 350 4,317 0.2%
Morbid obesity 11,304 1022 12,326 0.5%
Pregnant woman 17,067 4,792 21,859 0.8%
Household contact of shielded patient 24,188 3,667 27,855 1.1%
Learning disability 7,789 1,051 8,840 0.3%
Employed through direct payment of personal health budget 7,371 351 7,722 0.3%
Aged 50-64 393,227 54,290 447,517 17.1%

Location of service data from PharmOutcomes

Location  Total Percentage  of total vaccinations
Pharmacy 2,224,239 98.1%
Long-stay care home or long-stay residential facility 25,254 1.1%
Patient’s home 4,386 0.2%
Community venue 13,646 0.6%

Flu vaccination data for 2019/20

The number of flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the NHS Advanced service grew by 20% in 2019/20 compared to the previous year, with 1,718,147 administrations being claimed to the end of March (NHSBSA data).

The rest of this page contains data on the provision of the Flu Vaccination Advanced Service that has been provided to PSNC by clinical system suppliers.

Flu vaccination data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar for 2019/20

The Excel and PDF documents below contain information on the number of flu vaccinations administered as part of the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2019/20 which have been entered into the PharmOutcomes and Sonar systems.

Some contractors are unable to use or have decided not to use these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore the total number of vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2019/20 will be higher than the number recorded in the Excel and PDF documents below.

Flu vaccination data 2019/20 accurate 31.03.2020 (Excel)

Flu vaccination data 2019/20 accurate 31.03.2020 (PDF)

Patient eligibility group data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar for 2019/20

This data shows the eligibility groups of patients who have been vaccinated in participating community pharmacies (updated to 3oth March 2020).

Some contractors are not able to use or have decided not to use electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore this data does not cover all patients vaccinated during the 2019/20 service.

Vaccination eligibility group PharmOutcomes Sonar Total
65 years and over 812815 125584 938399 (61.6%)
A weakened immune system 35555 8668 44223 (2.9%)
Adult household contact of immunocompromised individual 14508 1890 16398 (1.1%)
Adults in long-stay residential care home/care facility 4205 746 4951 (0.3%)
Adults who are in receipt of carers allowance 32099 11416 43515 (2.9%)
Asplenia or splenic dysfunction 2294 423 2717 (0.2%)
Chronic (long term) respiratory disease 159099 31192 190291 (12.5%)
Chronic heart disease such as heart failure 31763 8863 40626 (2.7%)
Chronic kidney disease 5061 995 6056 (0.4%)
Chronic liver disease 2766 585 3351 (0.2%)
Chronic neurological disease 17653 3347 21000 (1.4%)
Diabetes 92400 31487 123887 (8.1%)
Health and social care staff 48291 1555 49846 (3.3%)
Hospice worker 3144 402 3546 (0.2%)
Morbid obesity 3299 568 3867 (0.3%)
Pregnant woman 23512 8058 31570 (2.1%)

Flu vaccination data for 2018/19

Flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists in 2018/19

Community pharmacists in England administered 1,431,538 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2018/19.

The NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) has published the Advanced Service Flu Report 2018/19*, detailing the community pharmacy contractors who signed up to provide the service, as well as the NHS England area, vaccines administered, and drug and fee costs.

The number of community pharmacies that provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2018/19 was 9,071 (78.2% of all community pharmacies in England).

The average number of vaccinations carried out by each participating pharmacy was 158, although five contractors greatly exceeded this by completing over 1,000 vaccinations each, with one administering over 2,500 vaccinations.

Compared to the 2017/18 flu season, the NHSBSA figures show that the total number of flu vaccinations administered this year was higher by 87,076 with 84 more contractors having provided the service.

Flu vaccination data from PharmOutcomes, Well, Healthi and Sonar for 2018/19

The Excel and PDF document below contains information on the number of flu vaccinations administered as part of the community pharmacy Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19 which have been entered into the PharmOutcomes, Well, Healthi and Sonar systems.

Please note, as the flu vaccination 2018/19 season has come to an end, these figures are correct as of 1st May 2019.

Some contractors are unable to use or have decided not to use these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore the total number of vaccinations administered by community pharmacists under the national Flu Vaccination Service in 2018/19 will be higher than the number recorded in the Excel and PDF documents below.

Flu vaccination data 2018/19 (Excel)

Flu vaccination data 2018/19 (PDF)

Patient eligibility group data from PharmOutcomes, Well, Healthi and Sonar for 2018/19

This data from shows the eligibility groups of patients who have been vaccinated in participating community pharmacies (updated to 1st April 2019).

Some contractors are not able to use or have decided not to use electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore this data does not cover all patients vaccinated during the 2018/19 service.

Vaccination eligibility group PharmOutcomes Sonar Well Healthi
Aged over 65 63.9% 54.4% 63% 79.4%
Asplenia/splenic dysfunction 0.2% 0.1% 0.1% 0.6%
Carer 4.6% 4.6% 4.9% 1.6%
Chronic heart disease 2.6% 3.8% 3.3% 4%
Chronic kidney disease 0.4% 0.4% 0.4% 0.6%
Chronic liver disease 0.2% 0.3% 0.2% 0
Chronic neurological disease 1.3% 1.3% 1.2% 0.6%
Chronic respiratory disease 12.6% 13.1% 13.9% 5.6%
Diabetes 7.4% 14.1% 8% 3.7%
Hospice worker 0.2% 0.1% 0% 0.6%
Household contact of immunocompromised individual 0.6% 0.7% 0.5% 0.6%
Immunosuppression 2.6% 3.2% 2.2% 1.9%
Morbid obesity 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0%
Person in long-stay residential or home 0.2% 0.3% 0.2% 0.3%
Pregnant woman 1.4% 2.6% 1% 0%
Social care workers 1.7% 0.7% 0.5% 0.3%

Flu vaccination data for 2016/17

Flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists in 2016/17

Community pharmacists in England administered 950,765 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2016/17.

The NHS Business Services Authority has published the Advanced Service Flu Report 2016/17, detailing the community pharmacy contractors who signed up to provide the service, as well as the NHS England area, vaccines administered, and drug and fee costs.

The number of community pharmacies that provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2016/17 was 8,451 (71.2% of all community pharmacies in England).

The average number of vaccinations carried out by each participating pharmacy was 113, although one contractor greatly exceeded this by completing over 1,000 vaccinations.

Compared to the 2015/16 flu season, the NHSBSA figures show that the total number of flu vaccinations administered this year was higher by 355,298 with 1,256 more contractors having provided the service.

Flu vaccination data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar Informatics  for 2016/17

The data in the PDF below only contains flu vaccinations administered as part of the 2016/17 service which has been entered into the PharmOutcomes or Sonar Informatics systems. Some contractors are unable to use or have decided not to use either of these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. The total number of vaccinations administered is, therefore, higher than the total in the below PDF document.

Flu vaccination data 2016 /17 (PDF)

Patient eligibility group data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar Informatics for 2016/17

This data from shows the eligibility groups of patients who have been vaccinated (Updated to 10th April 2017).

Some contractors are not able to use or have decided not to use either of these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore this data does not cover all patients vaccinated during the 2016/17 service.

Vaccination eligibility group PharmOutcomes Sonar Informatics 
Aged over 65 67% 56.5%
Carer 3.3% 3.4%
Chronic heart disease 2.9% 3.8%
Chronic kidney disease 0.4% 0.4%
Chronic liver disease 0.2% 0.2%
Chronic neurological disease 1.2% 1.2%
Chronic respiratory disease 13% 13.4%
Diabetes 7.6% 14.3%
Household contact of immunocompromised individual 0.4% 0.7%
Immunosuppression 2.1% 2.8%
Person in long-stay residential or home 0.2% 0.3%
Pregnant woman 1.4% 2.7%
Splenic dysfunction 0.2% 0%

Number of community pharmacies who provided the service in 2016/17

The number of community pharmacies that provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2016/17 was 8,451 (71.2% of all community pharmacies in England).

Number of community pharmacies who have signed up to deliver the service in 2016/17 by NHS England area

Below is a heat map showing the percentage of contractors who have signed up to provide the service by NHS England area (data from 23rd September 2016):

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Flu vaccination data for 2015/16

Flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists in 2015/16

Community pharmacists in England provided 595,467 flu vaccinations to patients under the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2015/16.

The NHSBSA has published the Advance Flu Report 2015/16, detailing the community pharmacy contractors who signed up to deliver the service, as well as the NHS England area, name of vaccine administered, manufacturer, quantity, and drug and fee costs.

The average number of vaccinations carried out by each participating pharmacy was 83, although two contractors greatly exceeded this by completing over 1,000 vaccinations each.

Flu vaccination data from Sonar Informatics and PharmOutcomes for 2015/16

The data in the PDF below only contains flu vaccinations administered as part of the 2015/16 service which has been entered into the Sonar Informatics or PharmOutcomes systems. Some contractors were not able to use or decided not to use either of these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. The total number of vaccinations administered is, therefore, higher than the total in the below PDF document. Click on ‘Flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists in 2015/16’ to obtain details of the total number of flu vaccinations administered during the 2015/16 service.

Although the service commenced on 16th September 2015 the announcement that contractors could start providing the service was not made until early in the evening on 16th September therefore the data on the number of flu vaccinations administered starts from 17th September.

Flu vaccination data 2015/16 (PDF) 

Patient eligibility group data from Sonar Informatics and PharmOutcomes for 2015/16

This data from PharmOutcomes and Sonar Informatics shows the eligibility groups of patients who have been vaccinated (Sonar updated to 31st January 2016, PharmOutcomes updated to 29th February 2016) for the 2015/16 service. Some contractors were not able to use or decided not to use either of these electronic systems to record the administration of vaccines. Therefore this data does not cover all patients vaccinated during the 2015/16 service.

Vaccination eligibility group PharmOutcomes Sonar Informatics
Aged over 65 62.2% 56.6%
Carer 4.1% 4.1%
Chronic heart disease 3.0% 3.8%
Chronic kidney disease 0.4% 0.3%
Chronic liver disease 0.3% 0.3%
Chronic neurological disease 1.3% 1.0%
Chronic respiratory disease 14.9% 13.5%
Diabetes 8.4% 14.3%
Household contact of immunocompromised individual 0.5% 0.7%
Immunosuppression 2.4% 2.4%
Person in long-stay residential or home 0.2% 0.5%
Pregnant woman 2.2% 2.4%
Splenic dysfunction 0.2% 0.2%

Number of community pharmacies who provided the service in 2015/16

The number of community pharmacies who provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2015/16 was 7,195 (60.9% of all community pharmacies in England).

Number of community pharmacies who provided the service in 2015/16 by NHS England area

Below is a heat map showing the percentage of community pharmacies that provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2015/16 by NHS England area:

Flu by NHS England area

The table below shows the number and percentage of community pharmacies that provided the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service in 2015/16 by NHS England area.

NHS England area Number of community pharmacies Number of community pharmacies
providing flu vaccinations
%
Arden, Herefordshire & Worcestershire 332 209 63
Bath, Gloucestershire, Swindon & Wiltshire 267 161 60
Birmingham & The Black Country 645 341 53
Bristol, North Somerset, Somerset & South Gloucestershire 294 223 76
Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral 302 188 62
Cumbria, Northumberland & Tyne and Wear 453 330 73
Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire 429 281 66
Devon, Cornwall & Isles of Scilly 337 233 69
Durham, Darlington & Tees 271 173 64
East Anglia 464 322 69
Essex 337 209 62
Greater Manchester 704 397

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