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NHS England seeks views on new NHS vaccination strategy

GPs invited to have their say

October 4th 2022

Tagged: political news England

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHE England is seeking views on a new NHS vaccination strategy.

This follows an invitation from NHS England in July for expressions of interest to participate in a market engagement process to support the future design of Covid vaccination and other immunisation/vaccination deployment.

Building a future NHS vaccination strategy seeks views on how to develop an NHS vaccination service that offers the following benefits:

  • Be convenient for people to access, based on the needs of local communities
  • Make it easy for people to understand the benefits of vaccination, and how and when they can receive their vaccination
  • Be offered to everyone who is eligible
  • Help to address the inequalities in uptake, and wider health inequalities, that exist in some communities
  • Embrace new innovations in vaccination, and respond quickly to new diseases or outbreaks of existing diseases
  • Help people understand how they can access other healthcare services including prevention services
  • Be provided by an efficient, responsive and well-trained workforce that reflects the communities it serves
  • Have a technology and data infrastructure that continually improves the experience for users and staff and puts control into the hands of citizens.

Open until October 13, the survey asks questions such as:

  • Could local services do more to increase the number of people who accept the offer of vaccination? If so, how?
  • Could local vaccination services do more to reach different communities? If so, how?
  • Is there anything else you think is important to consider when designing vaccination services in the future?

In a think-piece, DDA chairman Dr Richard West sets out his view that vaccinations through GP surgeries are a cornerstone of the NHS public health service and a vital component of GP funding.