Directions published for the national Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19

Directions published for the national Flu Vaccination Service 2018/19

August 31, 2018

Community pharmacy contractors that fully meet the requirements for provision of the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service now have the go ahead to provide the service from 1st September 2018. This follows the amendment of the Secretary of State Directions.

A link to the Secretary of State Directions, which provide the legal basis for provision of the service is available from the NHS Business Services Authority website.

Contractors should read PSNC Briefing 042/18: Guidance on the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service 2017/18 (in addition to the service specification and Patient Group Direction) as this provides detailed advice on what contractors need to have in place before providing the service.

Commenting on the publication of the Directions, Alastair Buxton, Director of NHS Services at PSNC, said:

“The completion of the regulatory changes means community pharmacy teams can start offering the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service to eligible patients from the 1st September.

I hope that pharmacy teams will, once again, show what they are capable of and really get behind the flu service to ensure eligible patients are vaccinated.”



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