New opportunity for pharmacies to become C-19 vac sites – updated to include joint advice

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New opportunity for pharmacies to become C-19 vac sites – updated to include joint advice

February 25, 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) have issued a call for new applications from pharmacy contractors to become COVID-19 vaccination sites.

Read the NHSE&I letter seeking new expressions of interest

At the end of 2020, NHSE&I ran a designation process for pharmacy contractors to apply to become a pharmacy Local Vaccination Service (LVS) site and 192 such sites are now operating across England. They have now identified where there is a need for more provision of LVS sites and are therefore opening the designation process again, to all pharmacy contractors who may be able to provide a service where there is still a need in the local population.

The terms are the same as the current Local Enhanced Service (LES) agreement, with contractors needing to be able to provide at least 1000 vaccines per week and open 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, if this is required. Do your research and be aware of the commitment.

NHSE&I are also seeking expressions of interest from contractors who could provide up to 400 vaccines per week. These sites may be considered where a site offering 1000 vaccines per week is unlikely to be viable, or where an additional site would offer significant benefits for specific patient cohorts.

NHSE&I list of priority locations This list will be updated on Friday 19th February as additional areas are identified. The first draft includes locations in North East Lincolnshire only, we expect this to change. Your location not being on the list does not stop you from expressing an interest, NHSE will keep everything on file, they will investigate what capability is available as they further refine needs as the vaccination programme progresses into second doses and new delivery models.

If you do choose to apply, please be as thorough as you can be on the submission form, try to give more than Yes/No answers as NHSE is looking for evidence of thought through processes, they are seeking assurance that you can deliver the LES.

Applications should be made using the online designation form by Sunday 28th February 2021.

Advice published for pharmacies planning to provide C-19 vacs:

The national pharmacy bodies have jointly issued advice for community pharmacies planning to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, after a new designation process for community pharmacies in England opened last week.

The document – prepared by AIM, the CCA, NPA, PSNC and the RPS – contains questions contractors should ask themselves before applying to the NHS to provide a vaccination service. For example, what is the local parking situation for an anticipated increase in footfall, is there adequate room in current fridges and is insurance in place?

Further information

Read the NHSE&I letter seeking new expressions of interest

Read the NHSE&I Frequently Asked Questions document

Questions not answered by the above documents can be sent to england.pccovidvaccine@nhs.net.

Advice published for pharmacies planning to provide C-19 vacs:

The national pharmacy bodies have jointly issued advice for community pharmacies planning to provide COVID-19 vaccinations, after a new designation process for community pharmacies in England opened last week.

The document – prepared by AIM, the CCA, NPA, PSNC and the RPS – contains questions contractors should ask themselves before applying to the NHS to provide a vaccination service. For example, what is the local parking situation for an anticipated increase in footfall, is there adequate room in current fridges and is insurance in place?

View joint guidance



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