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Continuity Requirements – Flu 2021/22

Claiming for flu continuity payments:
 
  • Contractors should record the number of days that the service was available. For the service to be available three things are required:
 
  • A trained vaccinator –  who has completed all training requirements and submitted forms via the NESA hub to NWSSP and the contractor has signed the SLA with the LHB
  • Stock of vaccine
  • A signed PGD
 
  • Where there are circumstances outside of a contractors control:
 
  • Local Health Board has not provided the contractor with a PGD but the contractor has both a trained vaccinator (with a signed SLA) and stock of vaccine the contractor can still record these days as the service having been available.
  • Where the contractor has ordered stock (and is able to provide evidence to that effect) but has not been able to secure stock (or stock has been delayed), but has a trained vaccinator, signed SLA and a signed PGD (if available from the LHB)  the contractor can still record these days as the service having been available
  • Any other issues believed to be outside of a contractors control should be discussed with the Local Health Board prior to making the claim through NECAF.
 
PPV:
  • Contractors are advised to keep a record of confirmation of details of completion of training requirements and submission through NECAF
  • Contractors are advised to keep a record of confirmation of orders placed for vaccines – particularly if stock is unavailable
 
The wording in the Drug Tariff has been amended to:
 
A declaration in relation to availability of the Common Ailment Service shall be made by the pharmacy every month and in relation to availability of the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Service, the months from September to December (inclusive).
 
In respect to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Service, in circumstances where either a Patient Group Direction / Service Level Agreement has not been made available to the pharmacy or national influenza vaccine supply issues exist, the pharmacy will be eligible to declare availability on days where a fully accredited vaccinator is available in the pharmacy and the pharmacy can demonstrate that reasonable attempts have been made to procure vaccines.”