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Catherine Heffernan explains how the pandemic has affected thinking about immunisation models
The COVID-19 pandemic has strengthened the argument for a new national vaccination service

In May 2022, it was reported that plans were underway to develop a national vaccination service in England.1 This followed on from the January 2022 announcement of then health minister, Sajid Javid that a national vaccination service was needed to ensure GPs were not asked to stop routine care again to deliver mass vaccinations. NHS England was named as working with NHS Digital and NHS X to design a vision and a future operating model that works across COVID-19, ‘flu and other routine immunisations for the longer term. Since then, there has been little more about this proposed model and at time of writing, the national vaccine strategy is pending.

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