Today NHS England announced that it will recommission the Community Pharmacy Flu Vaccination programme in 2016/17, after nearly a quarter of a million more people benefited from vaccinations in a community pharmacy setting during the previous year.
Chair of the English Pharmacy Board Sandra Gidley said:
“This is great news for patients, and an excellent way of demonstrating that pharmacists can routinely be turned to for preventative healthcare. Around a quarter of a million additional patients chose to receive vaccinations in a community pharmacy compared to the previous year.
“Flu vaccinations are a great example of how pharmacists can help ease overstretched GP surgeries. Close and effective collaboration with our GP colleagues should help make this year even more successful in terms of delivery.
“One of the English Board’s aspirations is to ‘make every pharmacy a public health centre’, promoting national commissioning for this and other services deliverable by pharmacists and the pharmacy team.”