COVID-19 vaccination programme

****NOTE: 29th November, JCVI advice on the UK vaccine response to the Omicron variant - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). The Green Book Chapter 14a has now been updated. The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme workforce education development resources are awaiting final sign off and will be updated in due course***

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

Access this short video, which provides some hints and tips on navigating the site.

The following sections appear on this page:

Introduction
Covid-19

The resources have been developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) in partnership with Public Health Scotland (PHS).  

The resources are designed to support:  

  • New immunisers (registered and healthcare support workers  
  • Returning staff (or redeployed staff) who may have participated in immunisation delivery previously but perhaps not for some time.  
  • Current and experienced vaccination staff.  

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.

How do I know what learning is relevant to me?
relevant

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.    

You can also follow the quick links below to take you to the pages for Registered Healthcare PractitionersHealth Care Support Workers and Trainers.

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. 

Please get in touch with any queries at immunisation-resource@nes.scot.nhs.uk

Quick Links

Registered Healthcare Practitioners

Healthcare Support Workers

Trainers

TURAS Vaccination Management Tool

Resources and links to support the vaccination programme

Guidance 

Resources for Vaccinators

TURAS Vaccination Management Tool
Vaccination tool

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