Standard Operating Procedure for safe disposal of damaged, used, or expired COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca consigned for destruction at PCN Designated Sites.


A standard operating procedure is attached to this page.

These documents may be adapted by Superintendent Pharmacists for the use of the vaccine in Community Pharmacy settings.

You should also familiarise yourself with our background guide Facilitating Pharmaceutical support to PCN Designated Sites for COVID-19 vaccinations  before using this SOP.



Other handling content for PCNs

Other COVID-19 vaccines resources

What to do if you still have questions

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Change history

  1. Content reviewed and information remains correct
  1. AVH5 amended to remove table of foundry codes
  1. Addition of wording to webpage referring to use in Community Pharmacy settings
  1. Updated to clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
  1. Published