Preparing the Vaxzevria Vaccine at PCN designated sites and end user locations

David Erskine, Senior Medicine Information Pharmacist, London Medicines Information Services, Specialist Pharmacy ServicePublished Last updated See all updates

Standard Operating Procedure for preparation of Vaxzevria Vaccine in PCN designated sites and end user locations prior to immediate administration.

Information

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.

 

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Change history

  1. Changes to reflect the change in name for the licensed product (Vaxzevria) with 8 doses per vial. Instruction added to cross through manufacturer's expiry.
  1. Resources checked and information remains correct
  1. Amended to include advice to check expiry on vial label
  1. Resources checked and information remains correct
  1. Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
  1. Updated to further clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
  1. Updated AVH 3.1 V1.5 to V1.6 to include AZ specific images of vaccine vial and syringe.
  1. Amended AVH 3.2 to restore missing step in process
  2. Amended AVH 3.1 to align with AVH 3 in terms of wording about sterile alcohol wipes
  3. Updated to clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
  1. Updated AVH 3.1 to align with AVH 3 in terms of wording about removal of vaccine vials from refrigerator
  1. Amended needle gauge options for morbidly obese patients in accordance with PHE Guidance.
  2. Avoidance of pooling of vaccine overage added
  3. Clarification of wording about removal of vaccine vials from refrigerator
  1. Clarification on working under the national PGD and inclusion of extra consumables for additional doses incorporated into main text.
  1. Published