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

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Resources underpinning pharmaceutical processes in PCNs for all vaccines
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

Each SOP and a summary of all major changes is provided.

Ordering the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca by PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Page updated with link to page on dealing with delivery issues
  2. · SOP suspended and attachment removed from page
  3. · Published

Receiving and storing the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
  2. · SOP updated to clarify who can receive a vaccine delivery and to reflect fact that transport temperature logs are no longer available
  3. · Published

Preparing the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca at PCN designated sites and end user locations

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
  2. · Updated to further clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
  3. · Updated AVH 3.1 V1.5 to V1.6 to include AZ specific images of vaccine vial and syringe.
  4. · Updated to clarify wording on disposal of vaccine and vaccine packaging to prevent theft and misuse
  5. · Amended AVH 3.1 to align with AVH 3 in terms of wording about sterile alcohol wipes
    1. · Amended AVH 3.2 to restore missing step in process
    2. · Updated AVH 3.1 to align with AVH 3 in terms of wording about removal of vaccine vials from refrigerator
    3. · Amended needle gauge options for morbidly obese patients in accordance with PHE Guidance.
    4. · Clarification of wording about removal of vaccine vials from refrigerator
    5. · Avoidance of pooling of vaccine overage added
    6. · Clarification on working under the national PGD and inclusion of extra consumables for additional doses incorporated into main text.
    7. · Published

Stocktaking and reconciliation of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
  2. · Published

Disposing of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca at PCN designated sites

Change history
  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 COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
  2. · Published

Transporting the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca from PCN designated sites to end user locations, patients’ homes and within the PCN Grouping

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings
  2. · Corrected update history to amend numbering error
  3. · Updated to reflect Position Statement on vaccination of Care Home residents dated 01/02/2021 and the Mutual Aid policy
  4. · Updated to clarify storage of vaccine at GP practice
  5. · Rationale for advice on transfer of used vials clarified
    1. · 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
    2. · Published

Training resources

Handling and preparing the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca: video demonstration

A video produced by North East and North Cumbria NHS showing the correct handling and preparation of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine

Other COVID-19 vaccines resources