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Following on from our newsletter of 29 July 2020 highlighting barcoding as a quick and efficient method of administering flu clinics Public Health England on 5 August 2020 published updated details of the national flu immunisation programme for 2020/21.

Details of the programme can be found here.

The salient points to note are:

Flu vaccinations, subject to contractual negotiations, will additionally be offered to:

  1. Household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List. Specifically, those sharing accommodation on most days over the winter where close contact is unavoidable.
  2. Children of school Year 7 age in secondary schools (aged 11 on 31 August 2020).
  3. Health and social care workers. This should be provided by their employer.
  4. Subject to vaccine supply 50 to 64-year-old group phased over November and December.

An inactivated vaccine may be offered to children whose parents refuse live attenuated influenza vaccine.