ER Editor: According to this short piece from the BMJ below, we learn the following:
- GPs are already paid extra for administering seasonal flu shots (around 10 pounds).
- For the Covid vaccination, they’ll get paid 25% extra.
- TWO doses will be required. Presumably this doubles the income for each GP practice.
This is the British taxpayers’ money, of course, in addition to whatever the government has already paid for millions of improperly tested vaccines.
Covid-19: GPs to get £12.58 per dose to deliver vaccine from December
BMJ 2020; 371 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.m4354 (Published 10 November 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4354
The NHS has published an agreement to enable general practices to start delivering a covid-19 vaccine from as early as next month.
The draft deal, agreed between NHS England and the BMA’s GP committee, says practices will initially need collectively to nominate a single site per network to deliver vaccinations, with additional sites possible as supply increases. Designated sites will be expected to deliver vaccines seven days a week between 8 am and 8 pm if supply allows.
Practices will be paid £12.58 (€14.15; $16.69) per vaccination. This is 25% more than the current £10.06 practices receive for an influenza vaccination, in recognition of the need for extra training, post-vaccine observation, and other associated costs. Practices will need to provide most of the required staff from their own workforce.
GPs should plan on the assumption that each patient will need to have two doses of the vaccination, subject to confirmation from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the DES said.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said last week3 that initial priority will be given to older people, health workers, and care home staff, in line with JCVI recommendations. GPs will be required to vaccinate care home staff, and patients and housebound patients as part of home visits, the DES said.
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