50-64 year old flu vacs to start 1st Dec

50-64 year old flu vacs to start 1st Dec

November 20, 2020

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has, today (20th November 2020), announced that community pharmacy contractors and general practices will be able to vaccinate 50 to 64 year olds against flu from Tuesday 1st December 2020.

This follows the Government’s announcement earlier this year that the 2020 flu vaccination programme would be extended with the addition of this new cohort, so it would become the largest programme ever undertaken in England. So far this flu season, contractors have already surpassed the number of patients vaccinated in previous years, having administered nearly 1.9m doses, with demand for flu vaccination from eligible patients still being very high.

This announcement allows contractors to vaccinate this group of patients under the flu vaccination Advanced service from 1st December 2020.

Availability of flu vaccine

We know contractors are keen to meet the continuing high demand for flu vaccination from the existing eligible cohorts and the additional 50-64 year old cohort, but the current availability of vaccine is still less than required to meet the immediate demand.

Deliveries of the Department of Health and Social Care’s flu vaccination stock is now starting to arrive, with the majority of the manufacturers making their first deliveries of this stock this week. The DHSC stock will continue to be delivered over the next few months. The DHSC stock is being made available to contractors via pharmaceutical wholesalers and orders should continue to be placed with the wholesalers that are supplying this stock.

Read more about the supply of DHSC flu vaccine stock

From 1st December 2020, contractors can use the DHSC flu vaccine stock for groups A and B:

Group A – Patients and frontline social care workers as set out in Appendix A of the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service specification, and frontline health and social care workers through locally agreed occupational health schemes.

Group B – 50-64 year olds, under the NHS Advanced service.

Prior to 1st December 2020, the DHSC stock can only be used to vaccinate patients in group A.

Group A includes ‘frontline health and social care workers through locally agreed occupational health schemes’; this refers to use of the vaccine in private occupational health schemes which contractors may have agreed to provide locally with employers of such staff.


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