Coronavirus: Vaccination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th January 2021.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of primary care networks have applied to deliver the direct enhanced scheme for the covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many primary care networks have not applied to deliver the covid-19 vaccine; and what plans are in place to deliver the vaccine in areas covered by those networks.

Photo of Nadhim Zahawi Nadhim Zahawi Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned the general practice COVID-19 vaccination service in line with agreed national terms and conditions, as an enhanced service (ES). Individual general practices, rather than Primary Care Networks (PCNs), have applied to deliver COVID-19 vaccinations, coming together in groupings to administer the vaccine. Some of these groupings mirror existing PCN configurations but others do not.

The number of practices that have opted into the ES is not held centrally. Hundreds of PCN sites have already been mobilised; further PCN sites are due to mobilise over the coming weeks so coverage will continue to increase. These groupings can vaccinate both unregistered patients and patients registered with practices that have not signed up to deliver the vaccine.

Where there are gaps in provision, NHS England will commission additional providers, such as community pharmacy, to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, with 200 community pharmacies due to be online next week. and that process has commenced. As more vaccines become available, there will be increased flexibility in local delivery.

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