Community pharmacy flu vaccination exceeds 1.4m

Community pharmacy flu vaccination exceeds 1.4m

June 5, 2019

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 which 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.

*Whilst the NHSBSA has published this data now, please note that contractors have until September 2019 to submit their claims so the final figure could increase.

Commenting on the figures, Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services, said:

“It is great to see that community pharmacies have again surpassed last year’s total, despite the obstacles they faced last winter with the phased delivery of the adjuvanted trivalent influenza vaccine.

“Community pharmacy has shown once again that even during difficult times there is a real appetite  to offer patients and local communities excellent services that contribute to the prevention agenda prioritised in the NHS Long Term Plan.”

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