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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 131231, tabled on 17 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to indemnify GP practices for public and employers liability under the clinical negligence scheme for general practice to ensure that more practices are able to administer the covid-19 vaccination without undue obstruction.

Answered on

12 January 2021

General practices are covered by state indemnity for clinical negligence claims under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for General Practice, introduced in April 2019. This includes any claims that result from participating in the vaccination programme.

This cover applies to all staff who are employed or engaged by a general practice to deliver the vaccination programme. It also applies to any setting used by the practice to deliver the programme, including any vaccinations in a care home or other domiciliary setting.

As for other aspects of their work, general practices need to ensure that they have sufficient public and employer’s liability cover in place for this vaccination work.

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Department of Health and Social Care