The pneumococcal vaccines protect against pneumococcal infections caused by the bacterium streptococcus pneumonia. The pneumococcus is one of the most frequently reported causes of bacteraemia and meningitis, and it's also the most common cause of community-acquired pneumonia.
Invasive pneumococcal disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality and can affect anyone. However, it's more common in the very young, the elderly and those with impaired immunity or chronic conditions.
This programme delivers a consistent vaccination service across England for patients aged 65 or over and at risk patients aged 2 years to 64 years. This is in line with the guidance in the Green Book, which should be used as guidance to identify qualifying patients. This service will support practices and area teams in the delivery and monitoring of this programme.
Boosters are required at five yearly intervals in people with no spleen, splenic dysfunction or chronic renal disease, as outlined in the Green Book.
Practices should contact their commissioner to reach local agreement on the re-vaccination of these patients.
Where local agreement has been reached, the commissioner can manually adjust achievement on CQRS to facilitate payment.