Flu Vaccination Programme

Watling Street Network PCN: 2020-21 Flu Vaccination Programme Plan

Date:          19 August 2020

 

Introduction

The Watling Street Network is a PCN is made up of Stony Medical Centre, Watling Vale Medical Centre and Hilltops Medical Centre.

From its inception in 2017 WSN PCN has had a stated desire to work collaboratively. 

The member practices have a similar and shared approach to clinical care.  We believe that our shared ethos, openness and transparency continue to ensure the best chance of a success when collaborating. 

Since 2017 we have been working to enable our shared goals based around:

  • Are we stronger together?
  • Are opportunities and benefits enhanced when working collaboratively?
  • Do our patients and our staff have a better experience when we work together?

 

Purpose of this Plan

To outline our plan to deliver a PCN wide safe (in the context of COVID 19), high quality influenza vaccine campaign.   

We ere aiming to deliver vaccinations to more eligible patients than last year, targeting those most in need and in hard to reach groups. 

The 2020-21 flu vaccination effort will be different to any we have seen before as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Not only do the member practices of WSN PCN feel we can deliver a better vaccination programme if we deliver it together, we believe working as a PCN gives us the best chance of delivering the increased number of vaccinations required this year, within the mandated timeframe and importantly doing so while ensuring our practice teams and our patients remain safe.

  

Baseline and Numbers 

 

 

Stony MC

Watling Vale MC Hilltops MC TOTAL

Existing Eligible

Over 65’s and those with medical conditions that place them at risk

(Exc. new at risk groups & exc  4-11 y/olds)
3,966 2,974 4,850 11,790

New Eligible,

New risk group for 2020/21 ie:  50-64’s
1,848 2,236 2,395 6,479

Aged 4-11 yrs @ 31 Aug 2020 – part of schools programme

926 1,436 2,026 4,388

 

Timeframe 

 

2-3 year olds

Fluenz® Tetra Nasal vaccination (AstraZeneca)

Sourced from Government central supplies
We aim to commence immunising the 2-3 year olds as soon as the children’s vaccine is available to us, this could be as early as the middle of September.
Over 65’s

Trivalent injection

Purchased by the PCN from Seqirus

Our vaccinations are due in 2 batches at the end of September and the middle of October. 

Invitations will be sent from the PCN and appointments phased to ensure social distancing as well as ensuring at all times we have adequate supplies.
Under 65’s with qualifying medical condition

Quadrivalent injection

Purchased by the PCN from Sanofi Pasteur

Our vaccinations are due in 4 batches from the end of September through until the end of November.  

Invitations will be sent from the PCN and appointments phased to ensure social distancing as well as ensuring at all times we have adequate supplies.
50-64 year olds

Injection

Sourced from Government central supplies

The government will not make the vaccinations available for this new group until the end of November at the earliest. 

As soon as we can source supplies invitations will be sent.

 

 

Location

We intend to deliver the majority of our flu vaccinations from a shared location in Kiln Farm, jointly staffed by members of each of the practices that make up the Watling Street Network.

 

Prioritisation and invitation 

Phased invitations will be sent from the PCN with appointment slots scheduled to ensure social distancing as well as ensuring at all times we have adequate supplies. 

Immunisations will be prioritised as follows: 

  • Care homes and NHS staff
  • 65+ with one or more risk factors, <65 with 2+ risk factors
  • Single risk factor with respiratory and diabetes being targeted first
  • Phase 4 50-64 year olds

 Children will be targeted during half term.

 

 Risks to delivery

  • Practice nurse capacity
  • Availability of vaccines
  • COVID 19 vaccine
  • Premises
  • Issues with IT HUB
  • Wifi connectivity at site
  • CQC intervention
  • Insurance issues (staffing and public indemnity)