The NHS is planning ahead for the national flu immunisation programme 2020/21 1. It is more important than ever that we have effective plans in place for the 2020/21 flu season to protect those at risk, prevent ill-health and minimise further impact on the NHS and social care.
Delivering the flu immunisation programme is likely to be more challenging because of the impact of COVID-19 on our health and social care services. Discussions to consider expansion of the flu programme for this autumn are underway.
In particular, this season it will be more important than ever to ensure that sufficient stocks of the recommended adult flu vaccines have been ordered. In light of COVID-19, Primary Care providers (General Practices and Community Pharmacies) are being asked to urgently review their vaccine orders now to make sure the number of vaccines ordered meet at least national ambitions and previous uptakes rates, whichever is highest.