The government has restarted the pandemic delivery service in England for clinically vulnerable people living in Tier 4 areas. It will run it until at least 18 January 2021.
Concerns for the well-being of clinically vulnerable people living in Tier 4, who have been advised by the Department of Health and Social Care not to go to a pharmacy as a significantly more transmissible strain of Covid-19 continues to spread, prompted the decision to run the service again.
Only patients on the government’s shielded list living in one of the Tier 4 areas in London, the South East and east of England are eligible for the service. The areas covered are:
“The terms of service requirements apply to all contractors in England (excluding distance selling pharmacies) but as the only clinically extremely vulnerable patients that are eligible for support with deliveries are those living in Tier 4 areas, only contractors located within those areas are likely to provide services to eligible patients on a regular basis,” the PSNC said.
“Contractors located in Tier 4 areas will receive the essential service payment for the days the service is active, as set out in Part VIA of the Drug Tariff.”
The change to the service requirements was announced on 21 December in a letter published by NHS England and NHS Improvement.