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Coronavirus: Vaccination

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN HL12168, tabled on 14 January 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to take any action in relation to primary care networks which chose not to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to patients within their area.

Answered on

1 February 2021

NHS England and NHS Improvement commissioned the general practice COVID-19 vaccination service in line with agreed national terms and conditions, as an enhanced service (ES). Individual general practices were able to opt in to deliver the vaccine, coming together in Primary Care Network groupings to administer the vaccine as local vaccination services. As of 15 January 2021, 992 local vaccination services have opened to administer the vaccine. The number of individual general practices which have or have not opted into the ES is not collected or held centrally.

Equal access to COVID-19 vaccinations is a key consideration for planning and deployment of the vaccine programme. Where there are gaps in provision, NHS England will commission additional providers such as community pharmacy, hospital hubs and mass vaccination centres to provide vaccinations. The first community pharmacy sites began delivering the vaccinations from 11 January.