Nearly one million flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists in 2016/17

Nearly one million flu vaccinations administered by community pharmacists in 2016/17

June 19, 2017

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 which 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 three contractors greatly exceeded this by completing over 1,000 vaccinations each.

Compared to the 2015/16 flu season, the NHS BSA 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.

Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services, said:

“It is fantastic to hear that community pharmacies administered almost one million flu vaccinations during the last season, and this is a real testament to the hard work done by pharmacy teams across the country, particularly at such a time of uncertainty for the sector. It also shows just how keen the public are to access services that have traditionally been provided in other settings from their local community pharmacies – the number of vaccines administered in pharmacies is going up year after year. 

Community pharmacy has shown once again that even during difficult times there is a real appetite across the sector to do more to offer patients and local communities more clinical services and to contribute to the public health agenda. Flu vaccinations have been a real success, but there is much more that we could do to both improve patient care and ease burden on other healthcare providers. As the NHS struggles to manage demands, we hope that its leaders will be taking note.”

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