Please find useful updates, information and resources below.
The Enhanced Service Specification for Seasonal influenza vaccination programme 2021/22 has now been published. The BMA GPC have been able to secure agreement with NHSE/I to the inclusion of all frontline practice staff in the Enhanced Service. All practice staff with patient contact, including both medical and administrative staff, will now be eligible to receive a flu vaccination from their employing practice or the practice at which they are registered as a patient, and practices will receive an item of service fee for their provision. However, we would advise for practice staff to go to their own GP Practice to have their vaccination as patients should not be registered as INT (Immediately Necessary Treatment) due to contractual regulations. We are still querying this nationally. As in previous years, locum GPs will also continue to be eligible for a free vaccination. The provision of flu vaccination to all target groups will, therefore, be covered under CNSGP. NHSE/I has also published guidance on the process for recording flu vaccinations administered to patients not registered with a practice.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has secured additional flu vaccine to support delivery of this year’s seasonal flu vaccination programme. This is a temporary measure to support reaching the uptake ambitions for this year’s expanded flu programme, with additional supply being deployed to areas where it is most needed to maximise uptake and top up local supplies where they run low.
Providers and local commissioners should ensure stock is prioritised to where it is needed most, in eligible cohorts where uptake is lower. DHSC has published guidance for General Practices and Community Pharmacies on how to access the stock and what vaccines are available.