COVID-19 vaccinations update

COVID-19 vaccinations update

November 10, 2020

Latest update: Preparations for a potential COVID-19 vaccination programme

Following a positive Government update on progress to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, the NHS has released documentation to help GP practices prepare for a potential vaccination programme.

In a letter to GP practices, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) stated that “PCN partners in community services or community pharmacy may be able to support delivery”. As shared on Friday, PSNC is in discussions with officials about how the community pharmacy sector will be involved and we will provide further information as soon as we are able.

The characteristics of the COVID-19 vaccines – including initial storage requirements at very low temperatures and the way they will be supplied to the NHS – have implications for how the COVID vaccination programme will be organised and the scale of the sites used. This means the programme will work very differently to flu vaccination.

Further information will be released as soon as it is available but, in the meantime, contractors should be aware that the rollout will be coordinated by the NHS at a local level and that GPs and pharmacies will need to work together to make this work for their communities.

Contractors can also be assured that PSNC has stressed that community pharmacy teams must be vaccinated alongside all other health and social care professionals: NHSE&I has now confirmed to us that this will be the case.

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