DOCTORS administering the coronavirus vaccine will get paid an extra £10 for every dose they give to care home residents, health leaders have said.
NHS England said GPs will be given the booster payment in addition to the £12.58 fee for each jab.
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Patients will need to be visited on site and the NHS said that the extra cash boost will compensate for the “additional time and resources” needed to complete the vaccination.
The most vulnerable have been prioritised for the coronavirus vaccines and that includes those who are in care homes, and their carers.
Primary care networks received a letter asking service providers to ensure the priority groups get the jabs as soon as possible, The Mirror reported.
It comes after it was yesterday revealed that the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved by regulators.
This vaccine will be rolled out on January 4 alongside the Pfizer/BioNTech jab which was rolled out at the start of December.
The letter sent to health care bosses states: “We appreciate the additional time and resources needed to deliver the vaccine in a care home setting, especially at this pressurised time of year.
“Therefore the NHS is providing an additional supplement of £10 per dose on top of the item of service fee for all vaccines delivered in a care home setting.”
The cash injection will be given in cases where the first dose of the jab is delivered by the end of January.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday confirmed that millions of Brits will have "very effective protection" from the coronavirus with the first dose of the jab.
The second dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab is given 12 weeks after the first, meaning more Brits can have the jab at a quicker pace.
The UK has 100 million doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab and 40 million of the Pfizer/BioNTech jab.
The Pfizer vaccine had been limited to large care homes with over 50 beds.
This is due to transportation issues with the vaccine – which has to be stored at -70C.
The new Oxford/AstraZeneca jab will be rolled out to smaller care homes.
The new jabs can be sent out in small batches and don’t have the logistical issues which are faced with the Pfizer jab.
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Mr Hancock yesterday said the vaccination will start next week and we will get to one million a week and beyond that very rapidly.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast yesterday he said that in the first instance, the new jab would be administered in hospitals in the same way the Pfizer jab was.
He added: “Then we'll be able to get out and vaccinate all the residents of care homes, or offer the vaccinations to all residents of care homes and care home staff.
“We've already, of course, started that programme with the Pfizer vaccine, and thousands of residents of care homes have already been vaccinated.
“But the need to keep the Pfizer vaccine at -70C has made it more challenging to get out, especially to some of the smaller care homes, and those limitations aren't there for this Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.
“So we can get out and vaccinate people who live in care homes who, of course, are some of the most vulnerable to this disease.”
In order to get the jab to the most vulnerable as soon as possible, supermarket bosses at Tesco have offered to help out with the roll out.
The supermarket's subsidiary Best Food Logistics is understood to have offered ministers its network of refrigerated lorries and warehouses.
The Health Secretary, as well as Prime Minister Boris Johnson, yesterday hailed the vaccine development, claiming there is "light at the end of the tunnel."
Dr Nikki Kanani, GP and NHS medical director for primary care said that three quarters of a million people had already received the Pfizer jab.
She added: "As we head into the New Year with a second vaccine that is also more versatile we will be able to expand the programme and ensure that the majority of care home residents are protected within the next four weeks or so."
“It is also great news that we will be able to begin vaccinating NHS staff serving on the frontline to protect them against coronavirus.”
It comes as official government figures yesterday revealed that a further 981 Brits died and 50,023 more have been diagnosed with coronavirus- the second highest increase ever – amid rocketing infection rates.
The death toll is likely to swell in the coming days after a reporting lag over Christmas. Scotland and Northern Ireland didn't record deaths over the festive period.
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