Flu Vaccination Programme
Watling Street Network PCN: 2020-21 Flu Vaccination Programme Plan
Date: 19 August 2020
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
|Watling Vale MC||Hilltops MC||TOTAL|
Over 65’s and those with medical conditions that place them at risk(Exc. new at risk groups & exc 4-11 y/olds)
New Eligible,New risk group for 2020/21 ie: 50-64’s
Aged 4-11 yrs @ 31 Aug 2020 – part of schools programme
|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.|
Trivalent injectionPurchased 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 injectionPurchased 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||
InjectionSourced 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.
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
- Issues with IT HUB
- Wifi connectivity at site
- CQC intervention
- Insurance issues (staffing and public indemnity)