Scottish pharmacy flu vaccination programme details announced


The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland Rose Marie Parr has written to NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors to set out the proposed fee structure for community pharmacy contractors participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination programme for 2020/21.


The letter states that to ‘maximise Scottish pharmacy contractors participation’ in the vaccination programme, a one-off participation fee of £250 per pharmacy will be offered. This will cover the 2020/21 flu immunisation programme.


The Scottish Government has agreed with Community Pharmacy Scotland that payments should be made for all contractor groups for participation in the flu immunisation programme on an item of service basis at a flat fee of £8.27.


Following the introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020, community pharmacists in Scotland may now provide vaccinations and immunisations as set out in Section 40 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 (as amended).


The letter goes on to say that Health Boards and Integration Authorities will take the lead role in providing flu immunisations for 2020/21. The participation of community pharmacy contractors will be agreed locally by Boards and Community Pharmacy Health Board Committees, depending on what overall requirements are required to deliver the programme. The pharmacy network position within local communities allows Boards to use the pharmacy teams for:


  • Specific patient groups.
  • Mop up and top up services.
  • Sessional vaccination ‘clinics’.


Details concerning reimbursement of privately procured influenza vaccines used in delivering NHS service are being finalised and will be issued in the coming weeks.


You can read the full circular below.


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Director of Operations of Community Pharmacy Scotland Matt Barclay has prepared a useful key fact document. You can access it on the CPS website by clicking here.


This circular is being shared under the Open Government Copyright licence.



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