Standard Operating Procedure for preparing COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech syringes for administration at end user locations in primary care.

Information

A standard operating procedure is attached to this page.

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

The core principles in the SOPs are common and may be adapted for use and sign off in all care settings.

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

Attachments

Other handling content for PCNs

Other COVID-19 vaccines resources

Other external resources

COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech Handling and Preparation Video

A video produced by Pfizer showing the correct handling and preparation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech

What to do if you still have questions

If you still have questions you can get in touch with us. However, please first read our service remit; and if you still think we can help, use the email address below.

We're supporting healthcare professionals in England with pharmaceutical aspects of the COVID-19 vaccination programme; read our service remit to find out more.
If you're a healthcare professional in England, get in touch with us if you still have questions

Change history

  1. PVH8.1 - all 5 doses amended to all required doses
  1. PVH8.2 - Amended in line with introduction of licensed Comirnaty product
  2. PVH8.1 - Amended in line with introduction of licensed Comirnaty product
  3. PVH8 - Amendment of content and scope to include requirements for use of Regulation 174 and licensed Comirnaty products. Addition to include storage in an end user location fridge. Removal of waste code table.
  1. PVH8 - Clarification box added as terminology has changed.
  1. Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings.
  1. PVH8 - Clarification following update to national PGD, Clarification of disposal route for outer packaging
  1. Link to Pfizer video added
  1. PVH8.2 - Amended in line with updated regulation 174
  2. PVH8 - Needle gauge options for morbidly obese amended, avoidance of pooling added and amended to six doses in line with updated regulation 174
  3. PVH8.1 - Amended in line with updated regulation 174
  1. PVH8 - 5.3.1 - Clarification of swab type
  2. PVH8.2 - In line with PVH8 version 2.3 update. Minor clarifications and additon of consumables for sixth dose added into main text
  3. PVH8 - 5.4.1 - Additional consumables for sixth dose added
  4. PVH8 - 5.4.1 - Additional consumables for sixth dose added
  1. Published