After a lot of work by many different departments across government, a number of temporary changes have been made in an attempt to support general practice teams through some of the paperwork that we have to complete. These changes are unprecedented and are being taken in recognition of the extraordinary challenge general practice is facing to deliver the accelerated Covid- 19 booster campaign. 

• DVLA checks (suspended for all but essential workers – HGV and bus drivers) 

• Firearms licenses (applicants asked to wait until after January to submit, except for urgent – ie needed for work commitments or imminent expiry) 

• Prescription charge medical exemptions (suspend renewals, those due to expire will be extended for 6 months) 

• COVID vaccine exemptions (timeframe for practice processing will be dropped so done to practice timeline)

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