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GPs given until 14 July to sign up for autumn Covid booster

GPs given until 14 July to sign up for autumn Covid booster

GP practices with ‘sufficient workforce capacity’ can opt in to give Covid boosters by 14 July, NHS England has said.

The enhanced service begins on 1 September 2022 and continues for an ‘initial period’ until 31 March 2023, and GP practices will continue to be paid £10.06 for each vaccine administered, and £10 for each housebound patient.

The new guidance emphasised that only GP practices with ‘sufficient workforce capacity’ should sign up, ‘so as not to impact the delivery of essential services’.

New NHS England guidance setting out further details on the upcoming programme said: ‘Staff must indicate their willingness to participate in this enhanced service before 17.00 on 14 July 2022 unless otherwise agreed by the Commissioner (NHSE).’

In its preliminary plan for autumn Covid boosters, NHS England said the programme must not ‘rely too heavily’ on GP practices.

The guidance also said that from 1 January 2023, where there is ‘significantly reduced patient demand’, ‘unacceptable wastage of the vaccine’ and/or the GP vaccination site ‘does not represent acceptable value for money’ in the eyes of NHS England, all practices in the PCN grouping may be required to suspend the vaccination services in a ‘pause’.

Last month, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommended another autumn booster vaccine for some at-risk groups and frontline health and social care workers, under interim guidance.

NHS England also said it will consult with GPs ‘over the next few weeks’ about its development of a future ‘integrated vaccination and immunisation strategy’ and service.

In January, the health secretary said that a ‘national vaccination service’ is needed to ensure GPs are not asked to stop routine care again, controversially suggesting that the service could cover ‘other vaccines’ as well as Covid jabs.

Earlier this month, NHS England asked GPs to urgently run searches for immunosuppressed patients who have yet to have their ‘spring’ Covid booster jab.

READERS' COMMENTS [2]

The Prime Minister 4 July, 2022 9:24 am

The real waste of taxpayers money are all the managers at NHS England who need to justify their jobs by beating GPs…..Why aren’t the Daily Nutter and Government tackling them with their silly deadlines and endless menacing letters ? Because the Daily B’Stard is the government’s pet enforcer……….I am going to suggest a “deadline” to NHS England….either start treating GPs better by midnight 1st September 2022 or we will all f@off and there will be nobody left to bully………

Patrufini Duffy 4 July, 2022 4:04 pm

Sadly PM. That’s their plan. They want you off.