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Primary Care and COVID Vaccinations

On 5th November the GPC England committee agreed that GPs should lead the COVID vaccination programme via an enhanced specification.

Richard Vautrey commented “It is clear to me, that with the wealth of experience, expertise and proven track record of successfully delivering large scale immunisation programmes to patients in their communities, general practice is best placed to lead and deliver this vitally important programme.

 

Because of the unprecedented nature of this programme, the timescales are very challenging and practices will need to make decisions quickly, not least whether to take up the Enhanced Service, and if so to prepare for potential implementation from 1 December. It may be that this implementation date is delayed due to vaccine supply, but we must be prepared to ensure our patients can access the vaccine as soon as it is available. It will not be an easy task, and we will require much greater support from NHSEI, CCGs and local health providers, but it is the right decision that general practice leads this programme.

Many of you will have questions and concerns and I hope the details due to be released tomorrow, will go some way to answer most of these. We will also be providing comprehensive guidance to help you through the decisions needed and the process of preparing. However, this is a very fast moving and dynamic process and we will do our best to keep you informed so you are in turn able to support your practices.

We all know that practices across the country are already under huge pressure. We will redouble our efforts to try to reduce this and to manage expectations so that practices are able to successfully deliver this vaccination programme for our patients."