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The draft guidance also revealed that participants in the DES will need to deliver at least 975 vaccinations over a seven-day period from their area’s allocated vaccination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