Vaccination of social care workers can commence

Vaccination of social care workers can commence

November 23, 2017

NHS England has published an amended service specification and Patient Group Direction (PGD) for the Community Pharmacy Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Advanced Service, which adds care home and domiciliary care workers (referred to as social care workers) within the service’s target groups. Therefore, community pharmacy contractors are now able to vaccinate this cohort as part of the service in accordance with the updated service specification and PGD.

The new cohort includes all health and social care staff aged 18 and over, that are employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza, meaning those patients/clients in a clinical risk group or aged 65 years and over.  Letter – Extension of the seasonal flu immunisation to care workers

All contractors who will be vaccinating care home and domiciliary care workers must read and sign the new PGD, which also requires a signature from an authorising manager. The previous PGD (published in August 2017) does not include the care home and domiciliary care workers group and will therefore not cover this cohort of patients.

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