Covid-19: GPs to get £10 bonus for every housebound patient they vaccinate

7 February 2021, 07:00

GPs in England will get an additional £10 per vaccine delivered to homebound patients
GPs in England will get an additional £10 per vaccine delivered to homebound patients. Picture: PA Images
Ewan Quayle

By Ewan Quayle

GPs in England will be paid £10 for every housebound patient they vaccinate against Covid-19, NHS England has announced.

As well as offering vaccinations at their practices and helping out vaccination centre, GPs have been visiting patients to provide jabs to often vulnerable people who cannot leave their homes.

Some GP services in towns and cities have been vaccinating more than 100 people every day, including those with conditions such as dementia.

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There are concerns housebound patients are being left behind in the rapid vaccine rollout, especially in rural areas, but many healthcare teams say they have faced wintry conditions leaving them unable to reach people's homes.

The extra £10-per-visit payment is to recognise the extra staff time and complexity of vaccinating housebound people, NHS England said.

The additional funding is retrospective and will apply to any vaccinations that have already been delivered to those who cannot leave their homes.

Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS medical director for primary care, said: "Tremendous efforts have been made by GPs across the country to ensure we vaccinate those people who are in the priority cohorts as determined by the JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation).

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"Since the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for use and we began administering it on January 4 when Brian Pinker became the first person to receive the jab, my colleagues across the country have been prioritising the vaccination programme rollout, which is our biggest chance of beating this virus.

"Please remember the NHS will be in touch with you when it's your turn to be vaccinated."

More than 1,000 GP services are part of the NHS vaccination programme, alongside over 250 hospital hubs and nearly 200 services run by high street pharmacies.

Vaccination centres have delivered the overwhelming majority of Covid-19 jabs
Vaccination centres have delivered the overwhelming majority of Covid-19 jabs. Picture: PA Images

Elland Road, the home of Leeds United Football Club, is one of 18 sites which will provide vaccinations from Monday.

The new openings mean there are more than 100 large-scale centres offering Covid-19 vaccines.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: "Through our historic vaccination programme, we've already provided one in five adults with a jab, and we're going further, faster.

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"We're rightly giving GPs the resources they need to offer vaccines to the most vulnerable people who might not be able to leave their homes or those who live in rural areas."

"I am so proud and grateful to the thousands of NHS staff, volunteers, local authorities and armed forces working tirelessly in all four corners of the United Kingdom to offer millions of lifesaving jabs to the people who need it most."

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