Over one million flu vaccinations have already been administered in English community pharmacies – just two months since this year's service started in September.

Data from PharmOutcomes, Healthi and Sonar Informatics revealed that the one million vaccination milestone has been reached, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) announced today (3 November).

But it stressed that the actual number of jabs will be higher because some pharmacies are not using the designated electronic systems to record administration of vaccines.

'Significant achievement despite financial setbacks'

Alastair Buxton, PSNC Director of NHS Services, said: 'This is a hugely significant milestone for community pharmacy teams across the country and a testament to their hard work, dedication and commitment to deliver the best service to their patients, despite the pressures and financial setbacks facing the sector. This achievement demonstrates what community pharmacy is capable of, given the right opportunities.

'A big well done and thank you to all pharmacy contractors, pharmacy teams, LPCs and others for making this service a success and achieving this fantastic result.

'It is great to have surpassed last year’s total in less than half the amount of time and I am looking forward to seeing the figure increase, particularly once pharmacy teams can start to vaccinate care home workers and domiciliary care workers.'