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GPs to administer Covid jabs in evenings, weekends and holidays

GPs to administer Covid jabs in evenings, weekends and holidays

GPs will be working 12-hour days to administer Covid vaccinations according to draft specifications of the new DES, which also said sites would need to be open through weekends and bank holidays.

The draft guidance also revealed that participants in the DES will need to deliver at least 975 vaccinations over a seven-day period from their area’s allocated vaccination site.

The NHS England document, seen by Pulse, said: ‘Designated sites will need to be able to deliver a vaccination service seven days per week including bank holidays between 8am and 8pm if vaccine supply allows.

‘Vaccinations will be centrally supplied and guidance will be issued shortly on the ordering process. Practices will need to deliver a minimum of 975 vaccinations over a seven-day period from each designated site, ensuring all those vaccinations are administered within the appropriate shelf life.’

According to the document, patients may also have to be ‘observed’ for an additional 15 minutes after receiving the jab.

It said: ‘The required observation period post vaccination is not yet known but we are asking practices to assume for the purposes of planning that it is up to 15 minutes.’

The details come as GPs have already raised workload concerns over the new DES, and the BMA warned that practices would have to make clinical prioritisations.

Practices will initially need to collectively nominate a single site per primary care network (PCN), from which vaccinations will be delivered. It is expected that there will be around 1,000-1,500 general practice-led sites across England.

Pulse exclusively revealed earlier this week that the new DES would be announced imminently for GPs to mobilise for a Covid vaccine from the beginning December.

Today, Pulse reported that practices will be paid £12.58 per jab, but will only receive payment after two doses are delivered.


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Dave Haddock 6 November, 2020 3:44 pm

Hahahaha. Even the most deluded of cardies will be having second thoughts on doing this.

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Andrew Hardman 6 November, 2020 4:25 pm

No chance. Next.

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Chin Whybrew 6 November, 2020 6:48 pm

This is hilarious! I think we can safely say that GPs won’t be taking up this kind offer!
I needed a laugh, to be honest, and this has given me one!

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Dave Kew 6 November, 2020 8:07 pm

Come back locums, all is forgiven! Why wouldn’t GPs want to help with this?

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Julie Colclough 6 November, 2020 10:36 pm

Work 12 hour days vaccinate. As my day is already 13 hours long. Has someone got a time turner

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Turn out The lights 7 November, 2020 9:25 am

Pathetic the does not value us or our staff.Bugger the PCN,Bugger the government.No Deal NHSE,get the bma,no capital on purpose as they seem not worth the effort,to do it.Pathetic and offensive.No. To your offer,no to the BMA.You both need to try again.Have another zoom meeting in your PJs.Come back when you try harder.

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terry sullivan 7 November, 2020 5:11 pm

bma sell out as usual

just say no–will your insurance cover–manufacturers have no liability but gps will be liable?

John Graham Munro 8 November, 2020 12:29 am


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sally Gayer 9 November, 2020 9:17 am

Already work 12 hour days .
If another 12 hours it will be 24 hours.
Not sure it is possible to completely do without sleep/eat/etc

Turn out The lights 9 November, 2020 10:42 am

NO,NO,NO doesnt matter how many time you say it the answer will be the same.