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Preparation for GP Surgeries as companies edge closer to a COVID vaccine

Posted on 19/11/2020 by Emily Nolan

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Since the start of the pandemic one topic which has been on everyone’s mind is the hope of a vaccination. We have seen scientists from across the world working extremely hard on trying to create a safe vaccine which will help save thousands of lives. Although currently there has been no vaccination yet approved by the MHRA, it is clear that we are a step closer to achieving this with trials of several vaccines currently taking place. Two companies, in particular, have been at the forefront of this. Pfizer and BioNTech have created a vaccine which they have said was “90% effective in protecting people from the transmission of the virus in global trials”.
 

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, while confident a vaccine is close, has been clear that there are still several hurdles we need to climb before this happens. The government has however already laid out how a vaccination will be rolled out across England, with GP surgeries being the main source for the vaccination. The plan aims to give each designated site administer a minimum of 975 vaccinations a week. While surgeries have been asked to be ready for this from December, it falls on top of Flu season and Christmas which both offer their own challenges.
 

Each year staffing needs heighten in the run up to December and this year has been no different. TPP have seen even more staffing challenges for surgeries over recent months with the added pressures of the virus and now the vaccination, combined with longer opening hours will add to the pressure. TPP could help take the strain off staffing challenges and shortages, by supplying experienced temporary workers at short notice across London and surrounding home counties.  We are open throughout December and will have temporary workers available throughout the month of December, including Christmas.  TPP can provide both ad-hoc and longer periods of cover with many of the available temporary workers experienced in using software such as EMIS Web, SystmOne, Choose & Book, Vision and Docman.
 

If you are interested in finding out more about our services please, contact Emily Nolan or Grace Keenan on
020 7198 6080, or email emily.nolan@tpp.co.uk / grace.keenan@tpp.co.uk.