Welcome to the COVID-19 Vaccinators pages. You will find a range of educational resources and information to support vaccinators at all levels of experience and those supporting the programme.
Navigating the site
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The following sections appear on this page:
The resources are designed to support:
These include foundation/generic resources such as the Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice (PEIP) programme for new immunisers. There is also a Knowledge Self Appraisal Tool which can be utilised by more experienced vaccinators to assess existing knowledge against the National Minimum Standards and core Curriculum for Immunisation Training (PHE 2018) to enable PEIP to be tailored to your specific learning needs.
It is recommended that you check the COVID-19 Green Book chapter 14a and your employers learning requirements prior to undertaking any vaccinations.
Please note: These educational resources continue to be updated as required to support this programme but do not replace the clinical judgement of practitioners. Practitioners should refer to the Public Health England Green Book Chapter and equivalent authorities documents.
This learning pathway resource will help you to identify the most relevant learning materials to your role within the vaccination programme.
If you are a returning vaccinator, you may find the self-appraisal tool useful to find out what learning is most relevant to your level of knowledge and experience. Those new to vaccination practice may find it useful to undertake the Promoting Effective Immunisation Practice programme for registered practitioners or for healthcare support workers.
The vaccine specific learning resources for the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme are further split into core knowledge, vaccine Specific and wider learning, including vaccinating children and young people, consent and procedural anxiety. You can access the learning you need to support your development. There are also proficiency assessment documents to support your sign-off as a vaccinator.
A resources section contains links to key information resources like the CMO letter and the Green Book COVID-19 chapter.
As COVID-19 is an evolving disease, a lot is still being learned about both the disease and the vaccines which have been developed to prevent it and the knowledge base is still being developed. As a result, the resources will be updated and will be subject to change. It is a good idea to check into the site regularly and make sure you have reviewed the most up to date version.
Vaccinators should ensure that they follow local educational and clinical governance arrangements in relation to knowledge and proficiency to undertake vaccination.
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The CMO letters set out the arrangements for the COVID-19 vaccination programme, please check as being updated regularly.
Green Book COVID-19 Chapter provides information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines, the dosage and schedule for the UK and recommendations for the use of the vaccine. Please check the site for updates.
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) - advises UK health departments on immunisation.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) - producing guidance and information for industry, healthcare professionals and patients covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
National Infection Prevention and Control Manual provides guidance to support infection prevention and control practices and procedures. Of note is the Addendum for Acute Settings and the newly added Community Health and Care Settings Addendum for the latest advice for Personal Protective Equipment.
NHS Inform - Scotland's national health information service where you can access patient information in relation to immunisation. There is a COVID-19 section where you can access a range of information and latest leaflets.
Nursing and Midwifery Council website has information for registered nurses and midwives involved in the administration of COVID-19 vaccines.
Public Health Scotland website where you can access the latest Coronavirus guidance, information and activity in Scotland.
Resources for Vaccinators
Reporting adverse events that occur during the COVID-19 immunisation clinics: guide for clinic staff.
Specimen Patient Group Direction (PGD) templates and National Protocols for COVID-19 vaccines have been developed and are available at Public Health Scotland.
COVID-19 vaccination: myocarditis and pericarditis information for healthcare professionals
COVID-19 vaccination: Guillain-Barré Syndrome information for healthcare professionals
Person-centred resources here you will find resources to support the improvement of care experience and staff experience. This includes sensory impairment and involving people.
The TURAS Vaccination Management Tool is a web-based tool that enables front line Health & Social Care staff to capture and create real-time patient vaccination records. The tool facilitates the digitisation and streamlining of real-time data sharing with downstream systems. The tool was developed by NHS Education for Scotland in collaboration with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS National Services Scotland and Public Health Scotland