The Start date for the flu vaccination service is the 3rd October

NHS England has announced that the start date for the Flu vaccination service for the 2024/25 campaign will be Thursday 3rd October 2024.

This means that the following timings will apply to the commencement of the service in 2024/25, for pharmacies and general practices:

Start date Eligible cohort
From 1st September 2024 Pregnant women
From 3rd October 2024 All other eligible adult patients

For more information visit the CPE website here.

Click here to download the poster for the public on flu vac timing changes.

The service specification is clear that the NHS will not pay for vaccinations administered outside of the announced and authorised dates for vaccination.

Visit the CPE Flu vaccination webpage for further information and resources

Autumn/winter 2024/25 COVID-19 vaccination programme

NHS England has also advised that although they have not received JCVI advice on what will be required of a possible COVID-19 vaccination programme beyond 31st August 2024, providers should plan for any COVID-19 campaign to start alongside the main flu campaign on 3rd October.

Eligible cohorts for COVID-19 vaccination will be confirmed following the Government’s consideration of advice from the JCVI.

Pharmacies wanting to participate in the autumn/winter 2024/25 COVID-19 vaccination programme can submit an expression of interest to NHS England by 11.59pm on 27th June 2024.