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England publishes emergency flu vaccine ordering information

Resources to support GPs

October 27th 2020

Tagged: Clinical Zone news

By Ailsa Colquhoun

GP practices in England are being invited to begin ordering or pre-ordering vaccines supply for NHS eligible patients or frontline social care workers, where there is a genuine shortfall in supply for this cohort.

At this stage, orders should only be placed where you have a shortfall in supply for existing eligible patients. GPs are advised that NHS BSA will carry out a post payment verification process for centrally supplied flu vaccines at the end of the 2020/21 flu season. Information will be used from:

  • 2019/20 flu vaccine claims
  • CQRS claims for 2020/21 flu season
  • Flu vaccine manufacturers, on practice draw down of DHSC stock.

Full details of this procedure will be made available to all contractors in due course.

Any immediate queries, including support for submissions of bulk vaccine claims, can be sent to nhsbsa.gpsupport@nhs.net.

Table 1 sets out the timescales and minimum/maximum order quantities for the following vaccines:

  • Seqirus: Flucelvax® Tetra and Adjuvanted Trivalent Influenza Vaccine
  • Mylan: Quadrivalent Influvac® sub-unit Tetra

If a GP practice has a provisional order with Sanofi for QIVe, please contact them to confirm this, before placing another order for QIVe for this cohort.

Further instruction on timing of extension of eligibility to all 50- to 64-year olds will follow and stock should not be ordered for this cohort at this stage. Practices should ensure they have read the guidance thoroughly before placing an order or pre-order.

The following resources will support GPs delivering the flu vaccination programme:

On 9 October, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) wrote to GP practices to confirm the process by which GPs will be able to access the additional adult flu vaccine stock secured to support the expanded vaccination programme this season.