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Governance, handling, and preparation of vaccines by GP led Local Vaccination Centres (PCN designated sites)

 

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Governance, handling, and preparation of vaccines by GP led Local Vaccination Centres (PCN designated sites)

The chief pharmaceutical officer Dr Keith Ridge has written to CCG lead pharmacists and chief officers to set out the principles and expectations necessary to maintain integrity, and therefore safety, quality and effectiveness, of the COVID-19 vaccines.

The novel characteristics of the first vaccine (Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 mRNA Vaccine BNT 162b2) make it essential that very careful attention is given to its receipt, storage, movement / transportation, and preparation. The letter sets out the legal basis and expectations of The Human Medicines Regulations 2012, Regulation 174 for temporary authorisation of the supply of vaccine products, and what this means for GP leads, CCG lead pharmacists and other registered healthcare professionals in primary care teams. It also provides a model NHS COVID-19 Primary Care Vaccine Handling and Management Policy which will support practices and primary care networks to implement good governance.