GPs across the country will benefit from a funding boost for every Covid vaccination they deliver to the housebound as part of a push to jab the most vulnerable.
On top of the standard vaccination fee, a pay rise of £10 per patient will be given to GPs making house calls to those who cannot leave their homes as the government pushes to complete the vaccine rollout.
People aged 70 and over can arrange to be jabbed at a Vaccine Centre or pharmacy service or wait to be contacted by their local practice or hospital.
While GPs in some towns have been vaccinating more than 100 people a day, others in rural areas have been battling weather to protect the housebound.
With a significant push in recent weeks, NHS chiefs claim they are 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.
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.
“Since the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for use and we began administering it on 4 January when Brian Pinker became the first person to receive the jab, my colleagues across the country have been prioritising the vaccination programme roll out 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.”
The £10 per visit of additional funding is said to recognise 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.
Priority groups for vaccination in this initial phase were determined by the government following advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and cover people aged 70 and over, the clinically extremely vulnerable, NHS workers and care home residents and staff.
Millions of letters have already been sent out to those eligible to get their jabs at the major vaccination sites across the country.