GPs across Gedling borough have been given the green light to defer some of the services they provide so they can deliver Covid booster jabs instead.
NHS chiefs have said all GPs in England will be allowed to prioritise the booster vaccine rollout over the coming months.
Minor surgery and routine health checks for over-75s and new patients can now be put on hold by practices until March 31, 2022.
The move comes after Boris Johnson said all adults in England would be offered boosters by the end of January in response to the emergence of the Omicron variant.
In total there has been 104 confirmed cases in England after a further 75 Omicron cases were confirmed yesterday (Friday, 3).
In a letter released on Friday, NHS England said that services were already under pressure, but said there was a new “national mission” to rollout the vaccines.
It also said the NHS’s booking service for vaccinations in England would be updated “no later” than December 13 to allow all adults to book their top-up jabs.
Dr Gary Howsam, vice chair of the Royal College of GPs, said “capacity needs to expand” in order to meet the target of offering all eligible people a booster jab by the end of January.
“These are sensible, temporary measures that will address some of the bureaucratic demands on practices and have minimal impact on the care patients receive in general practice, allowing GPs and our teams to focus their efforts where currently most clinically necessary,” Dr Howsam said.
“We hope these measures will support primary care networks to get involved in delivering the expanded booster campaign, if they are not already and feel it is safe to do so.”