As the vaccine rollout extends across the country with more sites coming online this week, housebound people can have the reassurance that they won’t be forgotten.
In a drive to deliver the jab to the most vulnerable people as quickly as possible, the NHS is to pay GPs an additional £10 for every Covid vaccination they deliver to someone who is unable to leave their home.
The £10 per visit additional funding recognises the extra staff time and complexity of vaccinating the housebound.
The supplement also applies retrospectively to any vaccinations which have already been administered to people at home.
There are now more than 100 large-scale centres across the country, along with more than local 1,000 GP services, almost 200 run by High Street pharmacy services and over 250 hospital hubs.
Some GP services working in towns and cities have been vaccinating more than 100 people with conditions such as dementia, each day.
The NHS is now on track to offer all those in the top four priority groups, decided by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, a jab by the middle of this month.
Nobody needs to contact the NHS, as people will be invited when it is their turn and people cannot get vaccinated by just turning up.
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