UPDATE RE COVID-19 VACCINATION DECEMBER 2020
We have received a large number of questions about Covid-19 vaccination. At this stage, there has been no information as to whether, or when private practices will have access to any of the vaccines after the MHRA authorises their use in the United Kingdom.
We anticipate that at least during the initial roll-out all the UK stock will be closely monitored and be given through NHS hospitals and community programs under the control of NHS GP practices. Allocation will be strictly regulated according to guidance already released about the order in which different subsets of the population will receive the vaccine. Our representative body The independent Doctors Federation have already offered a role for private practice to assist in this role out but await any meaningful response from the Government.
In the past we have been able to import foreign vaccines through regulated bodies, however as of yet do not know whether this will be possible or when. When we approach the manufacturers directly, they advise us that they are only dealing with Governments at present.
Our strong advice for those patients anxious to ensure vaccination is to ensure that they have an NHS number and registered NHS practice. This can be done via the NHS Choices website:
Find a GP near you on the NHS website. Check your local GPs opening times, services and facilities, performance measures, reviews and ratings.
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