Community pharmacies in England delivered more than 1.4 million vaccinations for the 2018-19 national flu service, according to NHS Business Services Authority data published this month. This was a whopping 87,000 more than the previous season, despite many enduring shortages as a result of limited supplies and phased deliveries of the Fluad vaccine for over-65s.
The average number of flu vaccinations carried out by each pharmacy in England last season was 158. But one contractor, of JWW Allison & Sons in Cockermouth, Cumbria, surpassed this with a staggering total of 2,503.
Nat Mitchell, pharmacist and director, says: “We have been doing flu jabs for about eight seasons now, but I have to admit, this was the hardest year we’ve