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Dedicated GP clinics are being set up to deliver coronavirus vaccines across England at a minimum of 975 doses per week each, according to new documents.
NHS England has told the country’s 1,250 primary care networks to designate a single practice to administer vaccines in their area capable of delivering shots from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, including on bank holidays if needed.
The practices will need to have fridge space available by 1 December, and “capacity to administer minimum of 975 doses per week or greater”.
Practices will receive a £12.58 payment for each dose, meaning they will receive £25.16 for each patient vaccinated in a two-dose course, the documents show.
Patients will also need to be observed for 15 minutes after getting the vaccination, while annual flu jabs and Covid-19 inoculations must be given at least a week apart.
The documents said appointments can be managed through a national booking system.
They said: “Once patients are notified by the national call/recall service they are eligible for a vaccination, they would have the choice to book an appointment at a general practice-led vaccination centre or use the national booking service to be vaccinated by another provider.”
The health secretary, Matt Hancock, said on Tuesday he expects GPs to play a big role in administering any coronavirus jab.
Pharmacists and dedicated clinics set up in places such as sports halls are also likely to be used.
Source: The Guardian
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