Please ensure that you replace last year’s document with this updated document and ensure that all pharmacists providing NHS vaccinations within the pharmacy have signed the document. The correct document number is NECSAT 2014/015.
The PGD should be read in conjunction with the SLA. Only those groups covered by both documents can be vaccinated within pharmacies, i.e. those aged 65 years and over, those aged 18-64 in a clinical risk group and pregnant women.
For clarification, although carers are included in the clinical risk group, these are informal carers, e.g. family members. Those who are paid carers, such as social service staff, care home employees, etc. are NOT entitled to free NHS vaccination as a carer. Their vaccination should be provided by their employer’s occupational health service. Some carers will be in receipt of carer’s allowance and this can be used to validate their entitlement, however, as this is a means tested benefit, not all carers will receive it. Knowledge of your own patients and the person being cared for will help you establish whether a person requesting vaccination is a carer. The final judgement rests with your professional decision. The Carer’s Trust have been made aware that community pharmacies are offering flu vaccinations, so you may experience a higher demand for vaccination than in previous years.
Please ensure you complete your training details on PharmOutcomes and have signed and returned the SLA to Linda Bosher, copied to me. Until I have a record of both details, we cannot accredit your pharmacy for flu vaccination provision.
Once your pharmacy is accredited, three new services will appear on PharmOutcomes,
1. NHS vaccination,
2. Private vaccination and
3. Service evaluation.
Please ensure all patients complete a service evaluation questionnaire. Not only does this provide invaluable information to the LPC and commissioners it also keeps the patient in the pharmacy for a few minutes, so you can be assured they are not going to have an anaphylactic reaction to the vaccine.
As vaccines are now available and in stock in some pharmacies, please ensure you complete all necessary documentation as soon as possible.
The LPC organised radio advert will be transmitted from 15th September for two weeks on Metro Radio, Borders FM and Tees FM, followed by web based advertising and public newsletters in October so we hope you will have more demand from patients this year.
Make sure you pharmacy is prepared to respond. If you need further info Click Hereto read our previous communications which includes our helpful checklist.