Indemnity arrangements for the COVID-19 vaccination programme – update

Indemnity arrangements for the COVID-19 vaccination programme – update

January 19, 2021

Yesterday, Nadhim Zahawi, Minister for COVID Vaccination Deployment made a statement on the provision of indemnity for the vaccination programme, including provision by community pharmacy in England.

The Minister’s statement provides clarity on why the indemnity has been provided to community pharmacy and also extends the scheme to 30th June 2021. He stated:

“Without adequate indemnity cover, pharmacies would be unable to commit to the programme… therefore, DHSC has provided a time limited clinical negligence indemnity to community pharmacy to 30 June 2021, to enable them to engage at pace with this programme … the Department and NHS England and Improvement continue to work with the community pharmacy sector on a longer-term approach to insuring community pharmacy for Covid-19 vaccinations.”

Contractors who provide COVID-19 vaccination services under Local Enhanced Service (LES) agreements are issued with a letter detailing the indemnity cover, which provides, for example, that the indemnity is provided subject to the contractor’s compliance with the terms and conditions of the LES Agreement and the terms of the indemnity arrangements.

The Minister’s statement is further to the joint letter issued by the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement late last year.

Further information on COVID-19 vaccinations, including indemnity arrangements



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