Resources covering AstraZeneca pharmaceutical processes in PCNs, from initial ordering through to administration

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COVID-19 vaccines have different handling and dosing requirements. Sites need to plan to reduce the risk of errors where multiple vaccines are available.

Standard Operating Procedures

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Ordering Vaxzevria Vaccine by PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Modified to the pull model ordering on Foundry
  2. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  3. · Content reviewed and information remains correct
  4. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  5. · Page updated with link to page on dealing with delivery issues
    1. · SOP suspended and attachment removed from page
    2. · Published

Receiving and storing Vaxzevria Vaccine at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Updated to reflect brand name of licensed formulation
  2. · Content checked and information remains correct
  3. · Content reviewed and information remains correct
  4. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  5. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
    1. · SOP updated to clarify who can receive a vaccine delivery and to reflect fact that transport temperature logs are no longer available
    2. · Published

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

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.
  2. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  3. · Amended to include advice to check expiry on vial label
  4. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  5. · 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
    2. · Updated AVH 3.1 V1.5 to V1.6 to include AZ specific images of vaccine vial and syringe.
    3. · Amended AVH 3.2 to restore missing step in process
    4. · Amended AVH 3.1 to align with AVH 3 in terms of wording about sterile alcohol wipes
    5. · Updated to clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
    6. · Updated AVH 3.1 to align with AVH 3 in terms of wording about removal of vaccine vials from refrigerator
    7. · Amended needle gauge options for morbidly obese patients in accordance with PHE Guidance.
    8. · Avoidance of pooling of vaccine overage added
    9. · Clarification of wording about removal of vaccine vials from refrigerator
    10. · Clarification on working under the national PGD and inclusion of extra consumables for additional doses incorporated into main text.
    11. · Published

Stocktaking and reconciliation of the Vaxzevria Vaccine at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Updated to include name of licensed formulation
  2. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  3. · Content reviewed and information remains correct
  4. · Removal of foundry table from AVH4
  5. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
    1. · Published

Disposing of the Vaxzevria Vaccine at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Updated to include name of licensed formulation
  2. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  3. · Content reviewed and information remains correct
  4. · Content reviewed and information remains correct
  5. · AVH5 amended to remove table of foundry codes
    1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use in Community Pharmacy settings
    2. · Updated to clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
    3. · Published

Dealing with spillages and breakages of the Vaxzevria Vaccine at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Updated to include name of licensed formualtion
  2. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  3. · Content reviewed and information remains correct
  4. · Removed Foundry table
  5. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
    1. · Published

Transporting the Vaxzevria Vaccine from PCN designated sites to end user locations, patients’ homes and within the PCN Grouping

Change history
  1. · Updated to include name of licensed formulation of vaccine
  2. · Resources checked and information remains correct
  3. · Updated to align with revised Mutual Aid Policy
  4. · Amended wording on mutual aid and returning of vials to stock in SOP AVH7
  5. · Repaired hyperlinks in AVH7 word document and removed table of Foundry codes
    1. · Broken hyperlinks to previous resources removed.
    2. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
    3. · Corrected update history to amend numbering error
    4. · Updated to reflect Position Statement on vaccination of Care Home residents dated 01/02/2021 and the Mutual Aid policy
    5. · Updated to clarify storage of vaccine at GP practice
    6. · Rationale for advice on transfer of used vials clarified
    7. · Updated to support transfer of used vaccine vial between patients' homes and clarification that the vaccine received at GP practice must be used immediately and not stored
    8. · Published

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