The Directorate-General for Health released Standard No. 006/2021, on influenza vaccination, the 1st phase of which began this Monday, September 27, aimed at some of the priority groups covered by free vaccination in the NHS.
The 2nd phase will integrate the other target groups covered by free vaccination, including citizens aged 65 years and over.
Influenza vaccination is “strongly recommended” for priority groups – for example, people aged 65 and over, chronically ill and immunocompromised, aged 6 months or more, pregnant women, healthcare professionals and other care providers – and it is recommended also its administration to people aged between 60 and 64 years.
Scheduling and summoning for vaccination of people covered by free vaccination are carried out through several methods, namely: sending automatic SMS, telephone call or letter.
By the 2021/2022 season, the following inactivated tetravalent influenza vaccines are available: Fluarix Tetra and Vaxigrip Tetra from the National Health Service and Influvac Tetra from community pharmacies.
The Standard clarifies that, “for people not covered by free vaccination in the NHS, the flu vaccine is dispensed in community pharmacies through medical prescription, with a 37% reimbursement”.