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NHS Covid and flu jabs brought forward amid Covid variant concerns

Covid and flu jabs for care home residents will now be rolled out from Monday 11 September, as concerns rise over the new Covid variant BA.2.86.

GPs and pharmacies will be paid additional fees, including a £200 completed care home fee, if residents have been vaccinated against Covid by Sunday 22 October. Flu vaccinations should also be provided at the same time, where possible. Care home staff are also eligible for NHS vaccination against Covid and flu, and vaccination service providers have been incentivised to complete the staff vaccination programme by 31 October 2023.

According to the latest risk assessment by the UKHSA, BA.2.86 has a high number of mutations and has appeared in several countries in individuals without travel history. NHS England has said that it represents the most concerning new variant since Omicron first emerged. However, due to comparatively higher levels of both infection-derived and vaccine-derived immunity compared to earlier in the pandemic, the accelerated vaccination campaign is considered a precautionary action while a more detailed assessment of the new variant is made.

Eligible NHS vaccination cohorts remain unchanged but the aim now is to have as many people as possible vaccinated by the end of October.

Care home teams are asked to start asking residents for vaccination consent as soon as possible, as well as support campaign communications and data collections.

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