NHS vaccination programme in Scotland augmented with community pharmacists

COMMUNITY pharmacists in Scotland will now be providing vaccinations and immunisations following introduction of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

A circular setting out arrangements and proposed fees has been sent to NHS Boards and community pharmacy contractors.

It is recognised that delivering the programme this year will be more challenging than ever before because of the impact of COVID-19. In previous years general practice has delivered the seasonal influenza immunisation programme and the involvement of community pharmacists will augment that provision.

Participation of community pharmacy contractors will be agreed locally by boards and community pharmacy health board committees, depending on overall requirements to deliver the programme. The new policy will allow pharmacy teams to provide vaccination services for specific patient groups, mop-up and top-up services, and sessional vaccination 'clinics' .

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