2021/22 Vaccination bulletin for Community Pharmacy

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Half-way into the flu immunisation season pharmacy colleagues have delivered over half a million doses of flu vaccination to eligible NHS patients in the East of England. This equates to over twice as many vaccines delivered in the same period during the 20/21 flu season.

Overall across the East of England over 80% of the over 65year-old cohort has been vaccinated but less than 45% of the at-risk under 65years-olds.

We wish to encourage you to continue the fantastic work you have achieved so far to ensure the maximum number of patients are vaccinated and protected before the flu starts to circulate. Patients are accessing vaccination services in increasing numbers to get their COVID booster, and we should make every contact count to seize on this enthusiasm and offer the flu vaccination.

The PGD and the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Advanced Service Specification have been updated for this year only to enable community pharmacies to vaccinate primary care contractors (primary medical services, pharmaceutical services, primary dental services or general ophthalmic services) and their frontline staff, who elect to receive their vaccination from the community pharmacy.

Plenty of flu vaccines are still available to order to achieve this year’s flu target ambitions and details can be found on EoE Pharmacy flu update bulletin 202122