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Issues to consider when defrosting the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

25 January 2021The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine must be defrosted before use. This page gives guidance on considerations whilst thawing the vaccine.

Using Versapak PYTB2 coolbox for vaccine storage

24 January 2021Information and guidance on the use of Versapak PYTB2 Coolbox. Refers to storage for all vaccines across all care settings.

Dealing with delivery issues associated with the Covid-19 vaccines and consumables

22 January 2021Specific supply chain routes have been set up for both vaccine, and equipment and consumables. Dedicated service desks handle issues.

Using COVID-19 vaccines in patient taking immunosuppressive medicines

22 January 2021National advice and considerations on the use of this vaccine in patients taking immunosuppressive medicines

Care Homes and COVID-19: Oxygen management

21 January 2021Home oxygen therapy is commonly used in care homes by patients with underlying lung conditions. In the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there may be an increased…

Retention of Pharmacy Records

20 January 2021Summary The 2020 version of the retention of pharmacy records document is now available. Purpose This document, based on one first generated at the request…

Antimicrobial Patient Group Direction (PGD) Templates

20 January 2021Antimicrobial PGD templates support the use of medicines in line with national guidance, reducing variation and duplication to improve consistency of care.

Reporting suspected COVID-19 vaccine side effects, and potential product defects or counterfeit products

14 January 2021Advice on reporting suspected side effects to COVID-19 vaccines. Also correct mechanisms for reporting suspected defective products and counterfeit products.

Governance of Medical Gas Provision: key publications

13 January 2021Signposts to key publications from the Department of Health and Health Facilities Scotland

Using different Gas Delivery Devices and implications

13 January 2021Clinical use of NIVs and HFNO and implications on pipeline capacity; the use of W-sized cylinders