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Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

Full details of the Covid-19 Vaccination programme (CVP) can be found here. This is a quickly evolving area, and we will endeavour to keep the website updated as new information emerges.

Webinars and Bulletins

  • Recordings of the regular national webinars on the Covid vaccination programme are available on FutureLearn PCN page (https://future.nhs.uk/P_C_N/ – registration required). This page has several national resources collated in one place.
  • UPDATED 20th December 2020 bulletin including information about COVID vaccination in care homes, MHRA information on the sixth dose of the Covid vaccination and national protocol for Pfizer vaccine can be found here.
  • Please see the MHRA CAS Alert from 31st December 2020 outlining the public health rationale for changes to the dosing schedule
  • Operational guidance for vaccination frontline health and social care workers (New 7th January 2021)

Training and Information for Vaccinators

  • Training recommendations for COVID-19 vaccinators are available on the PHE website (Updated 8th December 2020). The SEL Training Hubs Collaborative has produced a one page summary of the comprehensive training available and recommended for those involved in delivering the Covid-19 Vaccination programme. Healthy London Partnership provided a handy detailed breakdown (Updated 21st December 2020) of the PCN Covid-19 vaccinator roles and training required for those roles.
  • Guidance for Health Care Workers can be found here including contraindications and special considerations. Provisional guidance on the COVID-19 vaccine is also available in chapter 14a of the Green Book.
  • Co-administering the flu and COVID vaccines During national lockdown, it remains very important that people continue to access essential services including vaccinations for babies, children and pregnant women as they are time critical and prevents serious illness and outbreaks. Please continue your efforts to invite and vaccinate as per the routine immunisation schedule. To use appointments efficiently, for adults who have not yet had their flu vaccination and are currently eligible for COVID vaccination, scheduling for both vaccinations to occur at the same visit is acceptable, as per the green book.
  • Product Information is available on the MHRA Yellow Card website.
  • Anaphylaxis and Covid-19 Vaccination: Confirmation of guidance to vaccination centres on managing allergic reactions following COVID-19 vaccination with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.
  • British Islamic Medical Association has issued a recommendation on the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for eligible groups
  • Londonwide LMCs have issued guidance for GP practices. BMA Guidance is also available (Updated 21st December 2020)
  • Anaphylaxis: There is not a requirement for 15 minutes observation after administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine unless this is indicated after clinical assessment. The MHRA guidance about the use of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in those with a history of anaphylaxis – and the 15 minute post-vaccination observation period for all patients – remain in place. Note also that patients should not drive nor operate machinery for 15 minutes after being vaccinated with either vaccine.

Important Information for Practices

  • Coding Notification Messages Covid-19 Vaccination (Updated 18th December 2020) Guidance on coding of Covid-19 vaccination given at another location can be found on EMIS NOW (registration required). Where patients are vaccinated at other sites, information will be sent to practices via Document Management and should be coded using the Covid-19 vaccination data entry protocol.
  • COVID-19 vaccinations and participation in research and surveillance studies Patients participating in research and surveillance studies should not be prevented from receiving the COVID vaccine if they are eligible. These studies do involve regular asymptomatic testing for COVID-19, so if a study participant is awaiting a result from such a test they can still be vaccinated and should notbe told to wait until the result comes back. These studies will be used to support vaccine surveillance in the UK and as such it is vital that participants can access the vaccine the same as anyone else. A list of the main COVID-19 surveillance studies is available on the Department of Health and Social Care website.

Information for PCN sites

  • A letter to PCN sites beginning Covid vaccination programme on 14th December, with information to support standing up vaccination services can be found here (updated 7th December 2020). The national standard operation procedures can be found here. Updated Enhanced Service Specification can be found here.
  • SE London Policies and Standing Operating procedures can be found here and have been ratified by the SE London Medicines Optimisation Sub-Committee.
  • Communications kit for practices and PCNs with information on how to answer patient queries regarding vaccination
  • Patient Group Directions: COVID-19 Vaccination PGD’ and is available here (updated 11th December)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination Record Form (added 15th December)
  • Key Contacts for Covid Vaccination Site A document collating contact details for vaccine supply & delivery, consumables supply, IT services and other queries can be found here.
  • Ordering printed materials for Covid-19 vaccination sites: PHE has published a guide to leaflets and consent forms for the Covid-19 vaccination programme which can be ordered from here and found online here
  • Covid-19 vaccination programme and hepatitis B A link to a Public Health England briefing note (27th November), providing advice for occupation health providers on hepatitis B immunisation in allied healthcare workers involved in the Covid-19 vaccination programme.