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Flu vaccination fee in England rises to £10.08 'for this year only'

Contractors can claim up to £200 to cover the cost of a venue for off-site flu jabs
Contractors can claim up to £200 to cover the cost of a venue for off-site flu jabs

Pharmacy contractors in England will be paid a “combined value” of £10.08 per vaccination during the 2020-21 flu season only, PSNC has announced.

While the fee per vaccination remains unchanged from its 2019-20 level of £9.58, the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC) has agreed on additional funding with NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) that – “for this year only” – will be attached to the basic fee, it announced last week (September 11).

Contractors will receive an additional 50p per vaccination – money that will come from the transition funding pot – and up to £1 million of medicine margin to cover flu vaccinations “administered above the number in a normal year”. The additional medicine margin funding is on top of the £800m agreed under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework, PSNC said.

“This means the combined value of fees paid per vaccination will be £10.08,” PSNC said in a statement last week (September 11).

Funding for off-site vaccinations

Contractors who obtain pre-authorisation from NHSE&I will also be able to claim up to £200 to hire a venue for off-site vaccinations – provided they deliver a minimum of 20 vaccinations from the site, PSNC said.

“When claiming for the cost of venue hire for the first-time, contractors can additionally claim a one-off payment of £200 for cold storage equipment,” PSNC added.

NHSE&I can only authorise a venue hire if it has been established that there is “no other venue that has already been paid for either very near or at the same place, at the same time, that the contractor could make use of”. NHSE&I will also need to verify that the contractor has enough supplies to vaccinate the expected number of attendees at the clinic and that the clinic does not “create over provision” in certain areas at a given time.

Contractors will also need to consider the venue “suitable for the provision of pharmaceutical services” and be “satisfied that they can meet General Pharmaceutical Council and COVID-19infection prevention control standards” to receive NHSE&I pre-authorisation, PSNC said.

“Pre-authorisation of payment for the cost of venue hire and cold storage will be given on a first come first served basis, from a finite budget,”, PSNC added.

When this year’s flu vaccination service started on September 1, remuneration details were not available as they were still being negotiated. However, PSNC said at the time that it was “pushing hard for an uplift to funding”.

7 Comments
Question: 
What do you think of the negotiated fee for flu vaccinations?

Soon-To-Be Ex-Pharmacist, Superintendent Pharmacist

I wish you could put emojis in on here - I'd just do a long line of the little poo one.

E simon, Community pharmacist

£11.83 in Wales!

Chris Locum, Locum pharmacist

How do they define over-provision I wonder? No doubt some surgeries will be doing some kind of drive-through (stick your arm out) vaccination, or OUTSIDE provision like a conveyor belt to keep the surgery doors closed where possible.

Chemical Mistry, Information Technology

Shows how much pharmacy is valued, not very much !!!!! services are the future dont you know ;-)

Joan Richardson, Locum pharmacist

50p to cover the additional costs for PPE and sanitising required between patients!  However we don't need to wear gloves so that will save some money!

N patel , Non Pharmacist Branch Manager

better place my order for the lambo that I always wanted

P M, Community pharmacist

wow

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