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£30 payment for England’s care home COVID vaccinations

All care homes to be vaccinated by 24 January

January 14th 2021

Tagged: England COVID19

By Ailsa Colquhoun

NHS England has increased the care home supplement to £30 for care homes vaccinated by Sunday 17 January, in new guidance.

In a bid to see all care home staff and residents vaccinated by January 24, NHSE/I has introduced the following vaccination payment schedule:

  • £30 for first doses administered Monday 14 December – Sunday 17 January
  • £20 for first doses administered Monday 18 – Sunday 24 January
  • £10 for first doses administered Monday 25 – Sunday 31 January
  • £10 for all second doses administered.

Care homes should expect to receive the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as outlined in a letter to general practice and pharmacists.

Vaccinations in care homes will be delivered between 8am to 8pm, seven days per week.  Current outbreaks of COVID within the care home are not considered a reason to delay vaccination within the home, although vaccination against COVID in acutely unwell people or those within four weeks of onset of COVID symptoms should be deferred. All other staff and care home residents in a care home where an outbreak is occurring must receive prompt COVID vaccination.

Guidance for COVID-19 vaccination in care homes that have cases and outbreaks was published on 31 December 2020.

Local vaccination teams should work with care homes to perform a risk assessment to enable safe vaccination to go ahead.