Community pharmacy access to Government flu stock

Community pharmacy access to Government flu stock

October 15, 2020

As community pharmacy contractors will know, this year the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has secured an additional supply of flu vaccines from four manufacturers. Most of these supplies are not stock that would ordinarily be available in the UK, as they are the result of vaccine suppliers running their production cycles for longer than they had originally planned. As a consequence of this, these extra vaccines will be delivered from the start of November through to the end of December.

PSNC is continuing to work with DHSC on the details of how community pharmacies will be able to access vaccines from this central backup stock. In our discussions, we are stressing the urgency of the details being confirmed so that contractors can plan and manage their vaccination programmes across November and December.

GPs received details of their ordering systems at the end of last week, but like community pharmacies, they will have to await delivery of the stock in November. DHSC confirmed in that guidance:  “A pre-set proportion of this additional stock will also be made available to Trusts and community pharmacy, and the arrangements for them to order against this stock will be confirmed shortly.”

Community pharmacy contractors will have fair access to the backup stocks in due course and PSNC will ensure further details are published as soon possible.

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