Guidance published on accessing DHSC flu vac stock

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance on how community pharmacy contractors can access supplies of flu vaccines procured centrally by the Government.

To achieve even higher vaccine uptake rates than last year, DHSC has secured an additional supply of influenza vaccines as a temporary measure for this year only. These vaccines will be available for NHS trusts, general practices, and community pharmacies to top up local supplies once they run low and deployed to areas where needed to maximise uptake.

The DHSC guidance advises contractors to assess whether there is a need for further flu vaccines by assessing current uptake rates in eligible cohorts and calculating any additional vaccines required. Contractors wanting to order more stock should contact their regular wholesaler and follow the wholesaler’s process for ordering stock – contractors will pay for the flu vaccines in the usual way.

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