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Covid-19 - Vaccination Programme

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NHSE COVID-19 vaccination guidance

Patient Group Directions (PGDs) for COVID-19 vaccines

National Protocol for COVID-19 (Adults)

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.

Identifying and inviting people who are immunosuppressed for the COVID-19 spring booster - 13 June 2022

COVID-19 vaccination programme:Upskilling the COVID 19 vaccination workforce to ensure workforce retention to support autumn booster programme 23 May 2022

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 (

Covid-19 - Vaccination Programme

Enhanced Service Specification COVID-19 vaccination programme: phase 3 2021/22 and phase 4 2022/23 - March 22

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

COVID-19: management of staff and exposed patients or residents in health and social care settings - GOV.UK ( 30 November 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.”

Recommendations for COVID-19 IPC&C in primary care & GP services - updated 19 October 2021

SOP - Frontline social care workers updated to reflect phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccination programme V2 13 October 2021

JCVI issues updated advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination - GOV.UK  14 September 2021

Vaccinating children and young people: frequently asked questions - 13 August 2021

Arrangements for primary care from 19 July 2021

Enhanced Service Specification – phase 3 coronavirus vaccination letter- 14 July 2021

Enhanced Service Specification COVID-19 vaccination programme: phase 3 2021/22 - 14 July 2021

Summary Of Product Characteristic (SPC) - COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna  - 25 June 2021

Standard Operating Procedure  - Roving and mobile models 5 June 2021

Updated Enhanced Service Specification - COVID-19 vaccination programme 4 June 2021

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.

COVID-19 vaccination: accelerating second doses for priority cohorts 1-9 - 15 May 2021

FAQs: MHRA and JCVI guidance on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and very rare clotting disorders

Link to SOP for General Practice for COVID-19 - updated 12 April 2021

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 ( 13 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccination deployment operational rules and next steps - cohort 10 45-49 year olds - 23 April 2021

Announcement regarding AstraZeneca vaccine and next steps 7th April 2021

Updated Enhanced Service Covid Vaccination Programme 2020/21 11th March 2021

The BMA have produced guidance on the Covid-19 vaccine programme that can be seen at

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.

Government UK and PHE documents 

NHSE guidance documents and letters specific to Primary care. 

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.

e-LFH training for Vaccinators

YouTube video demonstrating how Lay vaccinators can support the workforce.   

NHS Vaccination programme in Somerset FAQs for patients

Information for Healthcare Professionals - COVID-19 Vaccination specification

COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford AstraZeneca – movement of vaccine

Enhanced Service Specification: COVID-19 vaccination programme 2020/21 Updated 22.2.21

BMA & RCGP - COVID-19 Workload Prioritisation Unified Guidance 11 January 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination in Older Adult Care Homes  the next stage 13 January 2021

NPA COVID-19: Pfizer/BioNTech, Oxford/AstraZeneca and Moderna vaccines characteristics comparison chart

Process for the payment of Item of Service fees and Care Home Supplement payments to PCN groupings 15 January 2021

NHS - Everything you wanted to know about vaccine allocations 11 February 2021

Vaccination of JCVI cohorts 5-6 and additional funding for vaccination in residential settings 13 February 2021

DOHSC & NHS - Letter to GPs on Risk Tool SOS - "COVID-19 Population Risk Assessment" 15 February 2021

Updated 15 March 2021COVID -19 vaccinator competency assessment tool

Link to Regional Clinical Advice Response Service (RCARS) weekly newsletters

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