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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20050: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on amending the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 to allow NHS boards to agree contracts with community pharmacies to provide vaccinations.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 5 December 2018

We are in the process of transforming the delivery of vaccination in Scotland, as part of the wider transformation of Primary Care. This work includes consideration of how we might make vaccines available in different ways in the future. As part of this work some NHS Boards are exploring how some vaccines might be provided through community pharmacy or other providers, what the benefits of this might be, and what steps would be needed to make this happen. We have committed to amending s40 of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978 and will do this in the first available legislative vehicle.