Additional funding is available to vaccinate all eligible primary care contractors and their frontline staff for this influenza season. Significantly and for the first time, this also includes frontline patient-facing NHS primary dental or general ophthalmic contractors and their frontline staff. Details of how dental and optometry staff can access the flu jab are outlined in this letter along with further details on the flu vaccine rollout through community pharmacy and general practice. The Patient Group Direction and National Protocol for Influenza vaccine will be updated shortly.
For general practice, the updated Enhanced Service Specification: Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2021/22 also includes co-administration and synergistic delivery of influenza vaccine with COVID-19.