Flu update: Community pharmacy access to the Government flu vaccine stock & New patient comms on flu vaccination

Flu update: Community pharmacy access to the Government flu vaccine stock & New patient comms on flu vaccination

October 23, 2020

Community pharmacy access to the Government flu vaccine stock:

This year the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has secured an additional supply of flu vaccines. 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. We expect this guidance to be released shortly and PSNC is continuing to stress 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 on 9th October, 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 DHSC centrally procured stocks and PSNC will ensure further details are published as soon possible.

New patient comms on flu vaccination

PSNC has also produced a poster and social media resources outlining the phased approach for this year’s flu vaccination programme.

The messaging reflects the increased demand already seen and is part of wider PSNC communications planning to ensure that patients, the media and MPs are aware of the pressures that pharmacies are facing at the moment and to give a clear expectation of what people can expect from pharmacies throughout the winter.

Flu Vaccination Service poster – A Phased Approach

Download the social media resources from: psnc.org.uk/flupatientcomms

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