Advice for nursing and midwifery professionals on giving COVID-19 vaccines legally

Tracy Rogers, Director, Medicines Use & Safety, Medicines Use and Safety TeamPublished Last updated See all updates

The different legal mechanisms to give the vaccine are described dependent on Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration

Nurse registered with NMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)

Nurse registered with NMC (annotated as Independent Prescriber)

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Midwife registered with NMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)

Midwife registered with NMC (annotated as Nurse Independent Prescriber)

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A

Nursing Associate registered with NMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (all stages)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)
  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)

Nursing or midwifery professional not registered with the NMC (e.g. Healthcare Assistant)

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (stages 2-4)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Nursing or midwifery professional no longer registered with the NMC

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (stages 2-4)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Student nursing or midwifery professional

This group can:

  • work under the National Protocol (stages 2-4)
  • work under a PSD written by an appropriate practitioner

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD)
  • work under the Patient Group Direction (PGD)

Change history

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