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UK Citizens Prepare to get Their "Swine Flu" Jab Summons

Posted by ObeMike Monday, October 19, 2009


First 80,000 vaccination letters due!

Over 80,000 priority patients for the H1N1 vaccine in Tayside will be written to by their GPs with details of their inoculation arrangements, it was explained last night, writes Marjory Inglis, health reporter.

The vaccinations will first be given to frontline healthcare staff in the region.

NHS Tayside consultant in public health medicine Dr Finn Romanes said, “NHS Tayside has been preparing for the H1N1 vaccination programme for a number of months and we’re ready to begin offering vaccination from October 21.

“People who are in clinical at-risk groups as outlined by the Scottish Government will receive a letter from their own GP inviting them to attend for vaccination over the coming weeks.

“It would be really helpful if people could wait for this invitation to attend as this will include all the details about where and when vaccination sessions will take place.

“We will initially be offering the vaccine to frontline healthcare staff with direct patient contact through targeted outreach sessions in some hospital areas.

“A timetable for vaccination sessions for all other frontline health and social care workers is being finalised and staff will be kept up to date with the latest information on where and when sessions will take place. ”

Millions of pounds will be spent in Tayside dealing with swine flu this year, health bosses heard yesterday.

Up to £3 million which had not been budgeted for was likely to be spent on delivering the H1N1 vaccine, but that sum excludes the cost of providing the vaccine itself.

However, the health authority’s chief executive Professor Tony Wells had good news for colleagues.

He said that the government had agreed to pay GPs for delivering the jabs to patients, a sum of £5.25 per jab.

“There is an agreed payment which we originally thought we may have to find ourselves, ” Professor Wells told members of NHS Tayside’s strategic policy and resources committee meeting in King’s Cross Hospital, Dundee.

The chief executive said he had just been made aware that the Scottish Government had agreed to meet the cost of the GP payments centrally which would alter the assessment in the financial report placed before members.

That document said there was a high risk that up to £3 million not included in the strategic financial plan would be required to fund the vaccination programme locally.

The document confirmed that the cost of the vaccine itself was being met by the Scottish Government.

NHS Tayside has already spent around £350,000 preparing for swine flu, mainly on clinical supplies and excluding costs associated with the vaccination programme.

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