COVID-19 GP VACCINATION CONVERSATION
- The funding is for proactive virtual consultations (i.e. in-depth phone conversations) by General Practitioners only at this stage, with Māori and Pacific patients to encourage vaccination. A brief vaccination conversation within an unrelated booked consultation does not meet the intent of this initiative.
- It is important the record of the consultation notes the specific concerns raised by the patient as the basis for the discussion.
- The effectiveness of this new initiative will be reviewed after two weeks to assess its impact.
- It is for Māori and Pacific patients that are unvaccinated and don’t already have a booking for their first dose.
- This should be claimed using the usual POAC process via your PMS. Simply submit a REFERRAL ONLY using the drop down “GP Vaccination Conversation (Maori and Pacific patient only)”. No outcome/invoice is necessary
- The claim must be accompanied by supporting information about the quality of the conversation with the patient, e.g. a mention at the end of an unrelated consultation is not suitable for funding.
- A claim can only be made when a conversation has taken place with a patient or member of their family. If the claim is for a family member of a patient, please include their NHI number in the claim.
- $69 incl GST will be paid for eligible referrals
- Consults from 1st October only are eligible for payment. A decision will be made whether further funding will be available after assessing the initial two week period
The discussions are to provide Māori and Pacific patients with the opportunity to ask questions, address any concerns they may have and help them get vaccinated.
To help you counter mis/disinformation messages, the Ministry of Health has
created a vaccine safety webpage which houses a range of resources,
fronted by health professionals and leaders. We encourage you to share this
link with patients:
Reducing the gap between doses
Please let patients know, the Ministry of Health is now advising people to
consider a shorter gap between doses of the vaccine than the current standard
of six weeks. Reducing the gap between doses to three weeks or over means more
people can be fully vaccinated sooner, increasing our community immunity.