Nomenclature for COVID-19 Vaccines

David Erskine, Director, London Medicines Information Services, Specialist Pharmacy ServicePublished

Each COVID-19 Vaccine has different nomenclature specific to the vaccine and the context of use.

Introduction

Vaccine nomenclature for each vaccine is summarised below.

For training and communication purposes the manufacturer’s name should be used; for computer records the approved name is the standard.

Nomenclature for COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech

The COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer’s name is:

COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech

The COVID vaccine approved name is:

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT162b2

The COVID vaccine commonly used names is:

The Pfizer vaccine

Nomenclature for COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

The COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer’s name is:

COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca

The COVID vaccine approved name is:

COVID-19 Vaccine (ChAdOx1 S [recombinant])

The COVID vaccine commonly used names are:

The Oxford vaccine or the AZ Oxford vaccine

Nomenclature for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

The COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer’s name is:

COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna

The COVID vaccine approved name is:

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccine (nucleoside modified)

The COVID vaccine commonly used name is:

Moderna vaccine