- The funding is for proactive virtual consultations (i.e. in-depth phone conversations) by General Practitioner or Nurse Practitioner for the following groups to encourage vaccination.
- Māori and Pacific patients (from 1st October to 10th December 2021)
- Long Term Condition patients (from 9th November to 10th December 2021)
- Pregnant women (from 2nd December to 10th December 2021)
Long Term Condition (LTC) definition can be found here
- 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 OR patients with Long Term Conditions OR pregnant women 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 “Vaccination Conversation Maori/Pacific” or "Vaccination Conversation LTC patients" or "Vaccination Conversation Pregnancy". 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
The discussions are to provide 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.