dentist giving vaccinationThe Scottish government is encouraging dental practitioners to involve themselves in its flu vaccination programme this winter.

The programme is not mandatory and it is up to GDPs to opt in or opt out. Health boards and integration authorities will deliver the flu programme between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021.

Dentists will need to pay a one-off participation fee, costing £250 per contractor. Following this, participating dentists will receive £8.27 per immunisation, mirroring the agreement with pharmacists.

‘After speaking to associates, we wouldn’t mind helping once more information on the scheme is provided,’ Carol Fish, practice principal at Dunbar Dental Practice told Dentistry Scotland.

‘It’s early days.

‘But we have a serious backlog of treatments and exams.

So we’re not sure at the moment logistically how we could manage.’

Vaccination programme

The Scottish government hopes by opening the programme up to GDPs, it will relieve pressure on the NHS and GPs.

Following the announcement, BDA Scotland is seeking clarification on issues such as indemnity and training.

However, once signed up, health boards will contact GDPs about local arrangements including the provision of PPE, guidance, stock control and distribution of vaccines.