Resources covering Pfizer-BioNTech 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 COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech 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. · Associated supplies -Updated to reflect current supplies
  4. · Entire document - PCN Clinical Director changed to Lead GP
  5. · Published

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

Change history
  1. · Reference to less than 120 hours removed.
  2. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings.
  3. · Clarification to who can receive a vaccine supply. Updated to reflect that transport temperature logs are no longer available.
  4. · Published

Preparing the COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings.
  2. · PVH3 - Clarification following update to national PGD, Clarification of disposal route for outer packaging
  3. · Link to Pfizer video added
  4. · PVH3.2 - Amended in line with updated regulation 174
  5. · PVH3.1 - Amended in line with updated regulation 174
    1. · PVH3 - Needle gauge options for morbidly obese amended, avoidance of pooling added and amended to six doses in line with updated regulation 174
    2. · PVH3 - 5.1.7 - Clarification of second check
    3. · PVH3 - 3 - Wording reflects availability of National Protocol
    4. · PVH3 - 5.3.1 - Clarification of swab type
    5. · PVH3 - 5.4.1 - Additional consumables for sixth dose added
    6. · PVH3 - 5.4.4 - Word “new” added
    7. · PVH3.2 - In line with PVH3 version 2.4 update. Minor clarifications and addition of consumables for sixth dose added into main text
    8. · Published

Stocktaking and reconciliation of COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech at PCN designated sites

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

Disposing of damaged, unused or expired COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech at PCN designated sites

Change history
  1. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings.
  2. · Amendment to details for carton destruction
  3. · Published

Dealing with spillages and breakages of COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech at PCN Designated Sites

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

Transporting COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech from Designated Sites to end user location

Change history
  1. · 120 hours changed to 31 days.
  2. · PCN removed from title, clarification box added as terminology has changed. Additional point added that stock cannot be returned to the fridge after transport.
  3. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings.
  4. · Published

Preparing COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech Syringes for Administration at end user locations

Change history
  1. · PVH8 - Clarification box added as terminology has changed.
  2. · Addition of wording to webpage referring to use within Community Pharmacy settings.
  3. · PVH8 - Clarification following update to national PGD, Clarification of disposal route for outer packaging
  4. · Link to Pfizer video added
  5. · PVH8.2 - Amended in line with updated regulation 174
    1. · PVH8.1 - Amended in line with updated regulation 174
    2. · PVH8 - Needle gauge options for morbidly obese amended, avoidance of pooling added and amended to six doses in line with updated regulation 174
    3. · PVH8.2 - In line with PVH8 version 2.3 update. Minor clarifications and additon of consumables for sixth dose added into main text
    4. · PVH8 - 5.3.1 - Clarification of swab type
    5. · PVH8 - 5.4.1 - Additional consumables for sixth dose added
    6. · PVH8 - 5.4.1 - Additional consumables for sixth dose added
    7. · Published

Training resources

Poster to support staff when handling COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech for Trusts and PCN sites

The poster can be downloaded, printed, and displayed in clinical areas to support implementation of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination Standard Operating Procedures.

COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech Handling and Preparation Video

A video produced by Pfizer showing the correct handling and preparation of the COVID-19 Vaccine Pfizer-BioNTech

Other COVID-19 vaccines resources