Advice for optical 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 General Optical Council (GOC) registration

Optometrist registered with GOC (whether annotated as Independent Prescriber or not)

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 PSD for a COVID-19 vaccine with a UK marketing authorisation (if annotated as an independent prescriber and clinically competent)

This group cannot:

  • act as clinical supervisor for the National Protocol under Regulation 3A
  • write a Patient Specific Direction (PSD) for a Regulation 174 authorised COVID-19 vaccine

Dispensing Optician registered with GOC

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)

Optical professional no longer registered with the GOC

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 optical 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

  1. Minor update regarding prescribing of licensed product by independent prescribers.
  1. Minor clarification highlighting Regulation 174 authorised product cannot be prescribed by optometrist independent prescribers.
  1. Published