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GPs should use 'own flu stock' to deliver expanded programme, says DHSC

Exclusive GPs should use the flu stock they have already ordered to deliver this year’s expanded flu programme in the first instance, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has told Pulse. 

It comes as the Government today announced the expanded cohort, which is set to target 30 million patients - including all those over 50, shielded patients and their households and all school year groups up to Year 7.

It comes as the Government had said it has secured a ‘central stock’ of flu vaccines in preparation for the additional groups added to the cohort eligible for free jabs as well as an expected increase in uptake.

However, a spokesperson told Pulse that GPs are responsible for ordering the vaccination stock needed for their eligible adult population directly from manufacturers and should use the locally-procured stock they have already ordered to deliver the programme in the first instance.

Information on how to access the additional central stock will be provided in September, they added.

The DHSC also clarified that the expanded cohort means up to 37m people will be eligible for the free flu vaccination this season - an increase of 12m compared to the 25m eligible last year.

The Government is anticipating that 30m will be vaccinated this year thanks to increased take-up and the expanded cohort - compared with around 15m in 2019/20 - they added.

A spokesperson told Pulse that the DHSC believes it has sufficient vaccines to meet demand, accounting for the expectation that not all those eligible will come forward.

However, GPs have already expressed fears over 'unprecedented' flu vaccine shortages.

And Pulse revealed earlier this week that one of the UK's key suppliers of flu vaccines will not be able to get almost a third of ordered stock to GP practices until November. 

There are no details as yet about payment mechanisms for GPs administering the vaccines, supply issues or around what stage of the year it will be delivered to patients aged between 50 and 64.

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Readers' comments (20)

  • Sort of making it up as they go along as usual. They have form after all. Wing and a prayer and fingers crossed policy.

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  • Someone remind me why we order flu vaccines early?

    Oh I remember because it takes time to produce the product!

    Change rules on Monday doesn’t mean it’s sorted on Tuesday.

    Can I request a change of leaders?

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  • The government has expanded the target group AFTER all of the orders have gone in.

    Did I miss my NHS issued crystal ball? Don't tell me - it was included in the global sum...

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  • no contract, no payment, no provision - simple

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  • Point of order Last Man. The media (and Russians) own the Tories.

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  • They do understand don't they that the bulk of the vaccine that GP's are due to receive in Sept and October is the stuff for the over 65's?


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  • Took Early Retirement

    Angus is right!

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  • Share the needle and give half a vial each. That's Hancocks plan. Keep the NHS safe...set you up to fail.

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  • Ill save anyone asking for any extra aTIVs from sequirus the trouble:

    "We are no longer accepting pre-booking orders or increase requests for the upcoming 2020/21 flu season.

    Kind Regards,

    Your Seqirus Flu Vaccine Sales Team"

    Can someone forward this to Matty watty

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