Flu Vaccination Service


Community pharmacy has been providing flu vaccinations under a nationally commissioned service since September 2015.

Each year from September through to March the NHS runs a seasonal flu vaccination campaign aiming to vaccinate all patients who are at risk of developing more serious complications from the virus. The accessibility of pharmacies, their extended opening hours and the option to walk in without an appointment have proved popular with patients seeking vaccinations.

The Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service (Flu Vaccination Service) supports NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) in providing an effective vaccination programme and it aims:

  1. to sustain and maximise uptake of flu vaccine in at risk groups by continuing to build the capacity of community pharmacies as an alternative to general practice; and
  2. to provide more opportunities and improve convenience for eligible patients to access flu vaccinations.

50-64 year old flu vaccinations to start 1st December

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) announced on 20th November 2020 that community pharmacy contractors and general practices will be able to vaccinate 50 to 64 year olds against flu from Tuesday 1st December 2020.

Community pharmacy access to the Government flu vaccine stock

This year 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 November through to the end of December. Deliveries of the DHSC’s flu vaccination stock is now starting to arrive, with the majority of the manufacturers making their first deliveries of this stock during week commencing 16th November 2020.

Read more about how you can access the DHSC flu vaccine stock

Click on a link below for more information.

Service specification for the flu vaccination Advanced Service 2020/21
The service specification describes the requirements for provision of the service and it is essential reading for all pharmacists providing the service.

National Patient Group Direction 2020/21 
The national Patient Group Direction (PGD) provides the legal mechanism for administration of flu vaccine under the service; it should not be used for any other purpose. Enquiries regarding the use of this PGD should be directed to ENGLAND.communitypharmacy@nhs.net

Amendments to the Pharmaceutical Services (Advanced and Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2013
The Secretary of State Directions provide the legal basis for the provision of the service.

PSNC Briefing: Guidance on the 2020/21 Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service
This PSNC Briefing provides guidance for community pharmacy contractors and their teams on the 2020/21 NHS Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service in England.

PSNC’s Digital Guide to the 2020/21 Flu Vaccination Service

For more information on the following please visit PSNC:

  • Additional resources for pharmacy teams
  • Guidance on use of Personal Protective Equipment
  • Training requirements and resources
  • Record keeping and data requirements
  • Communicating with GP practices
  • Vaccinating outside the consultation room & off-site
  • Promoting the service to patients
  • Funding, claiming payment and post-payment verification
  • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
  • Information and resources for LPCs
  • Flu Vaccination Service statistics

Local training provided by the LPC:

Expressions of interest were sought in  April 2019 and those who expressed an interest were invited to attend a training event on Thursday 4th July 2019 at The Village Hotel Hull.