The scope and purpose of SPS support in relation to the national COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in Community Pharmacies is described

Scope

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.

Purpose

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.

National advice

NHSE advice on the COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

Further support and resources

Using COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech in Community Pharmacy

Requirements specific to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine when used for the COVID-19 vaccination service within community pharmacy settings

Using COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in Community Pharmacy

Requirements specific to the AstraZeneca vaccine when used for the COVID-19 vaccination service within community pharmacy settings

Using COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna in Community Pharmacy

Requirements specific to the Moderna vaccine when used for the COVID-19 vaccination service within community pharmacy settings

Getting ready to use COVID-19 Vaccines in Community Pharmacies

Superintendent Pharmacists and their teams will need to ensure institutional readiness to enable COVID-19 vaccination in Community Pharmacies