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Flu Programme 2020/21

This page is where you can find information on the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21. 

Free flu Vaccinations Rolled Out to Over 50s from December - November 2020

This government news release explains that adults over the age of 50 will be able to to get their free flu vaccine from 1 December in the next phase of this year’s expanded flu vaccination programme. 

Read the press release

Direct Enhanced Service Specification for Flu 2020/21 - November 2020

An updated DES Specification for the seasonal flu and pneumococcal vaccination programme 2020/21 has been published to reflect practices now being able to access central flu vaccines supplies.

Flu Programme FAQs

NHS England North East and Yorkshire have circulated a FAQ document for Yorkshire and the Humber area to answer some of the queries from practices and other health providers regarding this year's flu vaccine. The document is a reference tool to help support local providers and stakeholders and is an effort to share, collaboratively, questions that are received.

Please note that it is a live document and is subject to updating. Newly added questions are highlighted in bold. 

Download Flu Programme 2020/21 FAQs (v7, December 2020) 

NHSE/I have also now produced a set of national FAQs for primary care relating to the influenza immunisation programme which can be found here

Claiming reimbursement for reasonable additional costs for flu delivery - October 2020

This NHS England guidance sets out how extra reasonable additional costs for delivery of this year's flu vaccine can be reclaimed. Funding is restricted to contributions towards the costs of additional venues hires (and associated costs) and additional fridges/mobile cold storage. Claims will not be authorised for costs that are already funded via other routes. 

View the guidance on claiming reimbursement for reasonable additional costs for flu delivery

Accessing Government-secured Flu Vaccines: Guidance for GPs - October 2020

How GP practices in England can access the extra stock of flu vaccines this winter that the government has secured.

View the guidance from Gov.uk. 

Flu Vaccines and Supply for the National Flu Programme - October 2020

Government statement on flu vaccines and supply for the national programme. Published 12 October 2020. 

View the statement.  

Flu Vaccination: Why You Are Being Asked To Wait Leaflet - October 2020

Leaflet for patients published by Public Health England which explains why people who are eligible for a vaccine might be asked to wait for it while reassuring them they will be able to have one before flu season starts. The leaflet is available for download or order. 

View the Public Health England leaflet

Flu Modelling Tool - September 2020

This flu modelling tool is available for use by practices and PCNs to help with operational planning of flu clinics. The user guide document explains how to acces and use the tool (Vaccine Planning Web App). 

Flu Update - September 2020

This is an update delivered by LMC Medical Secretary Dr Rolan Schreiber at the September meeting of the LMC Practice Managers' Reference Group. 

Download the update

Wessex LMCs - Flu 2020/21 Resources

Our colleagues at Wessex LMCs have published a comprehensive set of resources which they are happy for us to share. These include:

  • Top Tips Booklet  for flu vaccination 2020/1 - this booklets provides lots of hints and tips based on the current challenges    
  • The Wessex Flu Vaccination Guidance 2020 - this provides detailed guidance about this years Flu Vaccination programme and contains a number of suggestions for practices
  • The Flu Calculator - an Excel spreadsheet to help practices with their planning and capacity

Visit  www.wessexlmcs.com/flu202021 to access the Wessex LMCs resources. 

Flu Specifications 2020/21

NHS England have published the updated flu specification for 2020/21 and the updated DES directions. The updated specification makes a number of changes to the previously published version, expanding the eligible groups, with potential further expansion later in the year. In addition when offering vaccination to eligible patients practices are encouraged to request that the patient advises the practice of their ethnicity status if they have not previously provided this information to the practice.

Annual Flu Update Letter - August 2020

Details of the 2020-21 flu immunisation programme have been announced in a joint letter from the CMO for England, the Public Health England Medical Director and Director for Public Health, and the NHSE/I Medical Director. The letter outlines that this year as part of the wider planning for winter, and subject to contractual negotiations, flu vaccination will be additionally offered to: 

• Household contacts of those on the Shielded Patient List - specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded person on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable. 

• Children of school Year 7 age in secondary schools (those aged 11 on 31 August 2020). 

• Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users. 

It is intended to further extend the vaccine programme in November and December to include the 50 to 64-year-old age group but this will be subject to vaccine supply and notification about this is likely in September. It is planned that this extension is phased to practices to prioritise those in at risk groups first.


Updated on Monday, 21 December 2020, 929 views

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