Pharmacies in England will be paid a total of £10.08 per flu vaccination this year, PSNC has announced.
The fee paid per vaccination will remain at £9.58 – the same level as last year – but PSNC has agreed with NHS England and Improvement (NHSE&I) and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) that pharmacies will also be paid an additional £0.50 per vaccination from the Transition Fund.
The announcement made by PSNC last week (11 September) also noted that up to £1m of medicines margin can be retained for flu vaccinations administered above the number in a normal year. This is in addition to the allowed £800m medicines margin under the Community Pharmacy Contractual Framework.
Off-site provision pay
NHSE&I has also agreed to pay contractors up to £200 to help with hiring off-site venues for vaccinations, providing their claim fits a set of criteria, and a one-off payment of £200 for cold storage equipment.
Contractors must obtain pre-authorisation for the hire of a venue and cold storage costs from their regional NHSE&I office and undertake a minimum of 20 vaccinations in the venue to be eligible for the payments.
PSNC said that the budget for off-site provisions is limited and payments for the cost of venue hire and cold storage will be given to contractors on a first-come first-served basis.
Claims for additional payments to cover costs of off-site provisions and cold storage equipment should be made monthly via the Manage Your Service (MYS) platform.