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Flu vaccination clinic delays make national papers

BMA also highlights cuts to Covid vaccination fee

August 10th 2023

Tagged: DM Zone news England COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

Delays to the flu vaccination campaign in England have made the national papers.

The Daily Mail has expressed outrage over a month-long delay to the vaccination campaign. This is expected to delay the roll out of the vaccination campaign in pharmacies and GP until October.

Pharmacists have also highlighted the “very real risk” that all service providers will face workload challenges and to be unable to recoup the investment they have made sourcing vaccines in good faith. In a statement, Community Pharmacy England said: “This is a completely unacceptable – and entirely avoidable – situation for a commissioner to put… any service providers in.”

Additionally, the BMA has raised concerns about cuts to the Covid vaccination fee, which, for GPs, have been set at £7.54 – £10.00 depending on patient status.

Dr Katie Bramall-Stainer, chair of the BMA’s GP Committee for England said: “The Covid vaccine delivery process is twice as long as administering ‘Flu jabs, and NHSE knows this. Our patients and communities need to be protected, and our practices resourced and supported to undertake this important work.”