C-19 vaccine autumn booster programme 2022

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NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE&I) has now published a draft service specification to support the provision of a COVID-19 booster programme in the autumn.

The service will be commissioned as a National Enhanced Service (NES), with community pharmacy contractors being selected locally to provide the service to meet population needs. The service will also be supported by national Patient Group Directions (PGDs) and national protocols which will be published in due course.

Please note, contractors already providing the COVID-19 vaccination service are required to express an interest in continuing to provide the vaccination service by 5pm on 14th July 2022.

Contractors that are not currently commissioned but wish to participate in phase 5 should express an interest by 5pm on 20th July 2022.

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Checklist for contractors considering providing the C-19 Vaccination Service:

Following the publication of a draft service specification for this autumn’s COVID-19 booster programme, PSNC’s Services Team has published a checklist to help community pharmacy contractors decide whether to submit an expression of interest to provide the Community Pharmacy National Enhanced Service COVID-19 Vaccination Programme: Phase 5 – 2022/23.

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Other C-19 updates:

Removal of Shielded Patient List and flag in SCR:

Following the Government’s announcement about the end of national shielding in England, NHS Digital is seeking to undertake a managed closure of the Shielded Patient List. As such, the Summary Care Record (SCR) application has been appropriately updated.

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