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

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

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Resources underpinning pharmaceutical processes in Trusts and Vaccination Centres for all vaccines
Must read guidance for Chief Pharmacists and others in Trusts on the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca.
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 COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca from Public Health England (PHE) for Trusts

Change history
  1. · Detail on local ordering system removed and ordering via Immform updated.
  2. · Page updated with link to page on dealing with delivery issues.
  3. · Published

Receipt of refrigerated COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca by Trusts

Change history
  1. · Removed ‘agent to be confirmed’ in relation to antiviral disinfectant
  2. · Published

Preparing COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in Trusts

Change history
  1. · AZH3 Amended to state that outer packaging must be disposed of as confidential waste.
  2. · AZH3 Wording amended in section 4.3.12 to 4.3.14 for clarity on actions required.
  3. · AZH3 4.3.13 Change of zero character with Celsius character.
  4. · AZH3.1 Picture of syringe updated
  5. · AZH3 Wording amended on section 4.3.14 to 4.3.15 providing further clarity on actions required.
    1. · Clarification of wording about removing of vaccine vials from refrigerator.
    2. · Amended needle gauge options for morbidly obese patients in accordance with PHE guidance.
    3. · Avoidance of pooling added.
    4. · Clarification on working under the national PGD and inclusion of extra consumables for additional doses incorporated into main text.
    5. · Withdrawing additional doses information added.
    6. · Published

Institutional Readiness for Management of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in Trusts

Change history
  1. · Addition of new link to IT Policy document on SPS website.
  2. · Wording amended to clarify that outer packaging must be disposed of as confidential waste.
  3. · Amended link for to best practice for storing COVID-19 vaccines in the refrigerator
  4. · Minor amendment to wording linking to V1 IT Policy and removal of 'agent to be confirmed' for antiviral disinfectant.
  5. · Quantity of vials in each carton corrected. Page numbers amended.
    1. · Included hyperlink to ‘Deployment of COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford/AstraZeneca: implications for governance, handling and preparation of vaccines’ letter
    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