Institutional Readiness for Management of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Trusts

Ian Allen, Pharmacy Quality Assurance Regional Specialist (NW), North West Pharmaceutical Quality AssurancePublished

Must read guidance for Chief Pharmacists and others in Trusts on the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.


The attachment below outlines the medicines management responsibilities of Chief Pharmacists for Mass Vaccination in Hub and Non-Hub Trust sites, and provides supporting guidance and resources in relation to:

  • Safe storage and distribution, including temperature controlled storage and safe handling of materials at ultra-low temperatures, stock control, and reporting vaccine usage to PHE
  • Oversight of vaccine handling and preparation, including management of shelf life reduction processes following defrosting

The document aims to promote consistency of practice by providing flow diagrams outlining a stepwise approach to implementing Pharmacy processes to receive, store and issue vaccines, and to oversee vaccine handling processes by clinical staff.

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We also host a range of other resources to enable safe handling of this vaccine in Trusts.