Table 3

Pharmacy perspective average costs for vaccine administration and purchase

Number of pharmacies incurring costCost per year per pharmacy if cost incurredAverage pharmacy cost per seasonAverage pharmacy cost per dose‡
2013/20142014/20152013/20142014/2015
Recurrent costs
 Plasters34/58£1.75£1.03£1.03£0.01£0.01
 Procurement time (excluding brand choice)AllNA£8.18£8.18£0.09£0.08
 Reimbursement paperwork timeAllNA£121.87£121.87£1.28£1.23
 Patient timeAllNANANA£8.11£8.11
 Data input timeAllNANANA£2.66£2.66
Investment costs
 Refrigeration6/58£57.00£5.90£5.90£0.06£0.06
Admin total (with data above)£12.79£12.72
Admin total (with 1 min data input time)£10.61£10.54
Vaccine purchase list price£7.37£7.37
Total (with reported data)£20.16£20.09
  • *Calculated using a cost of £30,000+ 20% VAT (personal communication NHS LR).

  • †Base case costs include pharmacist salaries inflated by 19% for London costs.10

  • ‡When per season cost is given, per dose cost calculated by dividing per season cost by 95 (2013/2014) or 99 (2014/2015; average number of doses delivered by each pharmacists in each season).

  • NA, not available; VAT, value-added tax.