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Vaccination and immunisation programmes for 2018/19

Under the 2018/19 GP contract in England there have been a number of changes to vaccination and immunisation programmes.

The item of service fee for the following programmes will increase from £9.80 to £10.06 from 1 April 2018.

  • Heparitis B at-risk (newborn babies)
  • HPV completeing dose
  • Meningococcal ACWY freshers
  • Meningococcal B
  • Meningococcal completing dose
  • MMR
  • Rotavirus
  • Shingles routine
  • Shingles catch-up.

The item of service fee remains at £9.80 per dose for:

  • Childhood seasonal influenza
  • Pertussis
  • Seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide.

The payment for pneumococcal PCV remains at £15.02.

Other changes

The following changes to vaccination programmes also come into effect from April 2018.

  • Hepatitis B (newborn babies) – programme name changed to Hepatitis B at-risk (newborn babies). Vaccine changes and number of recommended doses reduced to three, therefore the payment of the second dose has now been uncoupled from the third dose. This was an in-year change effective 30 October 2017, included for completeness.
  • MenACWY 18 years on 31 August – programme removed.
  • Meningococcal completing dose – cohort extended to include eligible school leavers previously covered by the 18 years programme. Eligibility now 1 April 2012.
  • Meningococcal B – programme moved in to the statement of financial entitlements (SFE), but is not included in the childhood targeted programme. There are no changes to eligibility of payment requirements.
  • Pneumococcal PCV three-month dose – removed from the targeted childhood programme, the date this change is effective from will be confirmed. The funding for the remaining dose will remain at £15.02.

The following programmes will roll forward unchanged.

  • Shingles routine programme for 70-year olds
  • MMR over 16-year olds
  • HPV completing dose for girls 14-18 years
  • Rotavirus
  • Pertussis
  • Shingles catch-up for 78 and 79-year olds
  • MenACWY freshers
  • Childhood influenza 2- and 3-year olds
  • Seasonal influenza and pneumococcal polysaccharide.

Full details of 2018/19 GMS contract in England

Further reading: More details on vaccination and immunisation programmes for 2018/19 


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