PRIMIS has been commissioned by UKHSA to develop and maintain the national data specification that will assist in the identification of priority patients for the Covid-19 vaccination programme and will additionally allow all GP clinical system suppliers to provide regular activity reports regarding vaccine uptake to UKHSA and Government.
This data specification comprises all the relevant SNOMED clinical terms (over 17,000 codes) and the inherent logical business rules that help to identify eligible patients and assign them to the relevant recall groups. An equivalent specification has also been produced in legacy terminology (Read Version 2) for the devolved nations within the UK.
Please note that the specification is a technical document and its interpretation requires a high degree of knowledge and experience of SNOMED clinical terms, logical business rules and electronic health records in general practice. It has been designed for use by NHS colleagues involved in the management of data/data flows for the Covid-19 vaccination programme and we reserve the right to approve access to the specification on this basis only.
If you would like to request a copy of the PRIMIS Covid-19 specification, please click the following link and complete the request form. We aim to process your request within a maximum of 3 working days. It should be noted that the registration process enables us to alert you to any updates to the specification in what is an evolving situation.
Each GP clinical system supplier in England has developed system searches for their respective practices based upon the PRIMIS specification for patient recall purposes and to generate regular vaccine uptake data submissions for ImmForm.
If you are a patient seeking advice on your eligibility for the Covid-19 vaccination, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/ Patients who are eligible for vaccination should wait to be contacted by NHS services regarding booking. The NHS will let you know when it is your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the NHS for a vaccination before then.
It should be noted that PRIMIS has not been involved in the development of the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) or Shielded Patient List (SPL) coding lists. NHS Digital (had overseen the design and development of these. (Please note NHS England has assumed responsibility for all activities previously undertaken by NHS Digital as of 01.02.2023).
This project involves the following PRIMIS services:
RCJP paper by The OpenSAFELY Collaborative references PRIMIS’ Covid-19 vaccination uptake reporting specification.
Read “Trends and clinical characteristics of Covid-19 vaccine recipients: a federated analysis of 57.9 million patients' primary care records in situ using OpenSAFELY” via the following link:
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