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16th September 2019

Flu Vaccinations in GP Practices

MDU position on indemnity

Following concerns raised about indemnity cover provided for the provision of flu immunisations to practice staff, we have been in discussion with NHS England, Public Health England and the MDOs. The Medical Defence Union have provided the following statement about indemnity for flu vaccination of staff in GP practices: -

"Our current position on flu vaccinations is that we understand some practices may find it easier to provide flu vaccinations for staff themselves and want to help them to do that. We make no extra charge for indemnity for members whose practice provide flu vaccinations to staff, as this is already within the benefits of membership for GP members.  We encourage members who want to administer flu vaccinations to staff to contact us and advise the following: We advise members administering flu vaccinations to staff to follow their normal procedures for dealing with unregistered patients and to ensure they make a full assessment of each staff member's suitability for the vaccine, for example, by ruling out any contraindications. Consent should be obtained in the usual way as for registered patients. Notes should be kept and, assuming the staff member agrees, their normal registered GP should be notified that they have had the vaccination.