The scope of SPS’s input to support the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Community Pharmacies is limited to the provision of information.
We do not cover the legal authority and regulatory framework under which vaccines are administered to patients, administration of the vaccine, or observation of patients. Content covering these points can be found on the NHSE website.
To support the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Community Pharmacies SPS will:
- outline information that the Superintendent Pharmacist and other pharmacy staff may wish to consider when drafting their Standard Operating Procedures for storage, preparation, and disposal of COVID-19 vaccine
- provide information and signpost to content that can be used as templates for adaptation and sign-off locally, or that may be used as reference sources to check that existing local procedures are robust and comprehensive
Our resources and content support:
- safe storage and distribution, including temperature controlled storage and safe handling, stock control, and reporting vaccine usage to Public Health England
- oversight of vaccine handling and preparation, including management of shelf life reduction processes if required.