A note from Jo Scott-Jones
GPs have questioned why payment isn’t made for each vaccine administered. This has been raised in the past at Ministry of Health level and rejected as an option. At a national level there would be no increase in the overall fee for childhood immunisation available if there was a change to the system of payment.
Practices would get paid the same overall for a full set of vaccinations for a child, and with a variable amount for events when they used one vaccine than when they used four. This makes the payment system more complicated, and potentially increases the ‘logic’ for parents to choose one vaccine at a time and other processes that fragment the schedule.
Initially the majority of the time is spent in consenting parents, this may reduce as the child gets older. Your practice facilitator may be able to point you in the direction of good advice around making vaccination as efficient as possible from the Pinnacle nursing team or local IMAC coordinator.
The National Immunisation Schedule will be changing from 1 October 2020. This means another vaccine at 12 months (and therefore another admin fee), and one less vaccine at 15 months (so less time at the 15 months event).