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HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 2 September 2021

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Pharmacy teams get ‘go-ahead’ to begin seasonal flu vaccination
Pharmacy Business, Shilpa Sharma, 1 September 2021

Pharmacy Business reports that after approval by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), pharmacy teams have begun the seasonal influenza vaccination advanced service.

The article highlights that almost 35 million people will be offered the flu vaccine this year.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) Director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, said: “The completion of the regulatory changes means community pharmacy teams can begin offering the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service to eligible patients once they receive their first stock of vaccine.”

The flu vaccine must be administered only by registered healthcare professional, authorised under the NHS England and NHS Improvement PGD or any relevant emergency national immunisation protocol.

The service will run from 1st September 2021 to 31st March 2022.

 

 Parliamentary Coverage

Health Secretary and DCMO statements on JCVI advice on third jabs
The Department of Health and Social Care, The Rt Hon Sajid Javid  

The Government has accepted the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)’s advice to offer a third COVID-19 vaccine to people with severely weakened immune systems.

Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid said: “We know people with specific conditions that make them particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 may have received less protection against the virus from 2 vaccine doses. I am determined to ensure we are doing all we can to protect people in this group and a third dose will help deliver that.”

The NHS will contact people as soon as possible to discuss their needs and arrange an appointment for a third dose where clinically appropriate.

Those most at risk to COVID-19 will be prioritised, including those who are eligible for a third primary vaccine, for boosters based on the final advice of the JCVI.

Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, said: “I welcome the advice from JCVI to offer a third primary dose to those with severe immunosuppression, at a bespoke interval, advised by their specialist clinician, and guided by the UK’s immunisation handbook, the Green Book.”

This was also covered by the Financial Times.

 

Full Coverage

Pharmacy teams get ‘go-ahead’ to begin seasonal flu vaccination
Pharmacy Business, Shilpa Sharma, 1 September 2021

Pharmacy teams have received final ‘go-ahead’ from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to start community pharmacy seasonal influenza vaccination advanced service from today (September 1).

Nearly 35 million people will be offered the flu vaccine this year, with more younger people than ever before to be offered the jab.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) director of NHS Services, Alastair Buxton, said: “The completion of the regulatory changes means community pharmacy teams can begin offering the national NHS Flu Vaccination Service to eligible patients once they receive their first stock of vaccine.

“This year patients are at risk from flu and Covid-19, so it is important that they are able to access relevant vaccinations as early as possible”.

A national protocol that was used by many pharmacies participating in the Covid-19 vaccination programme, is also in place to support the flu vaccination for 2021-22.

PSNC has also advised contractors to read the service specification and Patient Group Direction or national protocol before providing the service.

As per the specifications, flu vaccine has to be administered only by registered healthcare professional, authorised under the NHS England and NHS Improvement PGD or any relevant emergency national immunisation protocol.

The service will run from September 1 to March 31, with focus on vaccinating eligible patients by January-end.

“I know pharmacy teams will, once again, show what they are capable of and really get behind the flu service to ensure eligible patients are vaccinated,” Buxton said.

HDA UK Media and Political Bulletin – 2 September 2021

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