Flu Vaccination Service

Flu Vaccination Service


On 20th July 2015, PSNC announced that as part of the 2015/16 community pharmacy funding settlement NHS England had agreed to allow community pharmacies in England to offer a seasonal influenza (flu) vaccination service for patients in at-risk groups. This service is the fifth Advanced Service in the English Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework (CPCF) and provision of the service commenced from 16th September 2015.

The 2019/20 service concluded on 31st March 2020.

COVID-19 update: Following a request from PSNC, Public Health England has confirmed that anyone who has undertaken face to face vaccination training before and is due to undertake face-to-face training this year, can delay the face-to-face requirement until next year. Read more on the training requirements page

Flu vaccine ordering for 2020/21
NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has issued a letter to provide advice on ordering appropriate flu vaccines for the 2020/21 season. Community pharmacy contractors should read the letter and begin ordering licensed vaccines as set out in the letter; ordering of these licensed vaccines should not be unnecessarily delayed.

Annual flu letter published for 2020-21
The Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England and, NHS England and NHS Improvement have jointly published a letter to provide further information on the national flu immunisation programme for 202021. Read more in our news article.

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Introduction and background

Service specification, Secretary of State Directions, Patient Group Direction and Guidance

Training requirements and resources

Resources for pharmacy teams

Promoting the service to patients

Eligible patient groups

Identifying carers eligible for a flu vaccination

Flu vaccinations for people with learning disabilities

Off-site vaccinations

Record keeping and data requirements

Communicating with GP practices

Information and resources for LPCs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Claiming payment

Post-payment verification process


Flu Vaccination Service statistics

Pharmacists and contractors practising in Wales should visit the Community Pharmacy Wales website for information on flu vaccination services in Wales.

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