Prime Minister highlights C-19 test distribution service – have you signed up yet?

Prime Minister highlights C-19 test distribution service – have you signed up yet?

April 6, 2021

Community pharmacy contractors are encouraged to sign up to the NHS community pharmacy COVID-19 lateral flow device distribution service, as soon as possible following the Prime Minister’s announcement of the service yesterday.

In the Number 10 press conference, Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted that everyone in England is to be given access to two free coronavirus tests a week. He indicated that the coronavirus tests (lateral flow devices) would be available for free from pharmacies under a new ‘Pharmacy Collect’ service (as well as other locations) from Friday 9th April 2021. Contractors may therefore see an increase in requests for this new Advanced service and are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible to enable them to meet demand.

Contractors are reminded that if they sign up by 18th April 2021 and deliver the service until 30th June 2021, they will receive an early sign-up fee of £200 + VAT. A one-off set-up fee of £250 + VAT will also be paid to contractors who sign up to the service, which covers set-up costs including creating a standard operating procedure for the service and training staff who will be involved in providing the service, and storage costs for the test kits ordered from wholesalers.

Contractors who sign up to provide the service by 18th April 2021 will therefore receive £450 + VAT in up-front payments for the service, in addition to the £1.50 service fee for each transaction undertaken.

Further information on the service is available on the C-19 lateral flow device distribution service webpage.


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