Covid-19 - Vaccination Programme
Managing COVID-19 Vaccines: Guidance and SOPs – SPS - Specialist Pharmacy Service – The first stop for professional medicines advice
COVID-19 testing in periods of low prevalence - 25 August 2022 - The government has set out plans for COVID-19 testing n periods of low prevalence following advice from UKHSA. They have published a letter which sets out their approach to delivering UKHSA’s advice in relation to staff and patient testing. Routine asymptomatic testing in a number of settings will pause from 31 August and the letter includes a list of scenarios where testing in the NHS should continue after this date. NHS organisations are asked to review their COVID-19 testing protocols in light of this new guidance, and implement changes as required.
Autumn COVID-19 booster and flu vaccine programme - 18 August 2022
In a letter published 15 July everyone aged 50 and over will be among those offered a COVID-19 booster and a flu jab this autumn under plans to increase protection against respiratory viruses ahead of winter. On COVID-19 boosters, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now published its final recommendations for this autumn’s programme.
Update IP&C guidance updated April 22
Please see below a selection of guidance which has been updated in the past few days which is available from this link. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients and residents in health and social care settings - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – now withdrawn
- COVID-19: managing healthcare staff with symptoms of a respiratory infection - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) published 1/4/22
- Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) – guidance applicable when attending a care home - Published 31/3/22
- Reducing the spread of respiratory infections, including COVID-19, in the workplace - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) published 5/4/22
- People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) published 1/4/22
- Changes to testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in England - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing/get-tested-for-coronavirus/
Covid-19 - Vaccination Programme
Earlier this week the Prime Minister outlined the plan for Living with COVID-19. We have sent a letter to the system providing an initial update, which outlines the areas that are being reviewed and may change, and those areas that will remain the same. This includes guidance around NHS staff who test positive for Covid, testing amongst staff and patients, and visiting guidance for patients in NHS settings. 24 February 2022
Transporting Comirnaty® (Pfizer BioNTech) and Spikevax® (Moderna) Vaccines
Quick Reference Guide 17 December 2021
The changes are in regard to Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2.
“Staff members notified that they are a contact of a COVID-19 case are not required to self-isolate if they are fully vaccinated, unless they are identified as a close contact of a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2. They should inform their line manager or employer immediately if they are required to work in the 10 days following their last contact with a COVID-19 case.”
Updated Covid-19 vaccination enhanced service specification NHS England (NHSE) has updated the enhanced service specification to include a three month maximum period within which payment claims must be made, require Primary Care Network (PCN) groupings to use a single point of care system for entering new vaccination events in order to minimise the risk of duplicate payments, and permit the administration and payment claim of a single dose vaccine once authorised.
JVCI - Following the JCVI statement NHSEI have now published a letter from Emily Lawson and Nikki on the next phase of the vaccine programme, including starting on cohort 10, now on their website: C1252-next-phase-of-nhs-covid-19-vaccination-campaign.pdf (england.nhs.uk) 13 April 2021
The BMA have produced guidance on the Covid-19 vaccine programme that can be seen at https://www.bma.org.uk/advice-and-support/covid-19/gp-practices/covid-19-vaccination-progra/mme.
The information and documents for the Covid Vaccination Programme (CVP) are being published, and in some cases revised and updated, on an almost daily basis. In order to access the most up to date information, please look to the following official guidance pages.
NHS Futures Platform has a dedicated space for the Covid Vaccine Programme that includes documents and also slides and recordings of previous webinars. This website requires sign up to access, but it is very quick and easy to do so.
YouTube video demonstrating how Lay vaccinators can support the workforce.
Updated 15 March 2021- COVID -19 vaccinator competency assessment tool