Scottish contractors to be paid £12.58 per Covid-19 vaccine dose


Interim Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for Scotland Alison Strath has written to stakeholders to set out the agreed fees for community pharmacy contractors participation in the COVID-19 vaccination programme.


The Scottish Government has agreed with Community Pharmacy Scotland (CPS) that payments should be made for participation in the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme on ‘Item of Service’ basis.


Therefore contractors who have entered into an arrangement with a Health Board as part of the Health Board’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme will be reimbursed at a flat rate of £12.58 per dose totalling £25.16 per course.


It has been indicated that it will not be necessary for pharmacies to provide both doses of a course to receive payment.


Due to the nature of the vaccine and some of the proposed local delivery routes, payment for the provision of sessions (3.5 hours) for vaccination are:


  • Consent Management and Vaccination fee of – £231 (applies to Independent Contractors.
  • Consent Management, Vaccination and Enhanced Leadership (£231 plus a local rate depending on the extent of the Enhanced Leadership required as well as local market conditions).


Scottish Government has said that it is mindful that the need to maintain good infection prevention and control practices and appropriate physical distancing measures may constrain the capacity of community pharmacy to participate in this programme.


As such community pharmacies will not be the default delivery channel for COVID-19.


Community pharmacies are asked to support the programme by providing vaccinations by agreement. Community pharmacy staff may also be asked to undertake vaccination sessions by their Health Boards. The arrangements and fees apply where community pharmacy contractors deliver vaccinations directly, in which case a fee per dose will be made, or separately if the contractor enters into arrangements with the Health Board to provide support to the programme on a sessional basis.


You can read the full circular below.


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