NHS flu vac programme targets 30 million people as expansion of eligible groups announced

NHS flu vac programme targets 30 million people as expansion of eligible groups announced

July 28, 2020

As indicated in the Annual flu letter published earlier this year, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has today confirmed expansions to the eligible groups for the national flu immunisation progamme for 2020/21.

In a move that will now mean that more than 30 million people will be included in the eligibility criteria, DHSC has announced the following new additional eligible groups:

  • People aged 50 to 64;
  • Household contacts of those who are on the shielded patient list; and
  • An expansion of the schools’ programme to include the first year of secondary school (year 7).

The first two listed groups will be able to access vaccination from community pharmacies under the NHS flu vaccination service, however the offer of vaccination to the 50-64 years group will not commence until later in the season.

The announcement states that once vaccination of the most ‘at-risk’ groups is well underway, the Department will work with clinicians to decide when to open the programme to invite the new group for vaccination. The NHS will contact people directly to make them aware of their eligibility and will include information about where to go to get the vaccine.

Read more about the DHSC announcement



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