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HSC / Other NI Updates
Department of Health Updates
- JCVI has now recommended that as many people on the JCVI priority list as possible should be offered a first vaccine dose as the initial priority. The second dose of the AstraZeneca (Oxford) vaccine may be given between 4 to 12 weeks following the first dose.Printed patient leaflets are being distributed. Unfortunately these reference the original 3-4 week interval for the second dose. New versions will be printed and issued as soon as possible. Joint CMO Letter – Public Health rationale for close one priority strategy for COVID
- Updated advice for pregnant women and women who are breast feeding.
Public Health Agency Updates
Other NI Organisations
Report suspected side effects to medicines, vaccines or medical device and diagnostic adverse incidents used in coronavirus treatment to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency to ensure safe and effective use
Governance, Handling & Preparation in GP
Additional UK Resources
intended for healthcare staff involved in delivering the programme. It includes detailed information on:
- the background of the programme
- the vaccines (as they become available)
- vaccine recommendations and eligibility
- contraindications and precautions
- vaccine administration issues
GOV.UK Resource Page : https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/covid-19-vaccination-programme
Vaccine Management System
COVID-19 Vaccination Training
All vaccinators must be registered health care professionals. Health care assistants may support vaccinators including post vaccination observation but may not administer the vaccine as part of this service.
All vaccinators should complete the COVID-19 vaccinator competency assessment tool Any training needs identified by the COVID-19 vaccinator competency assessment tool should be addressed. Copies of the assessments should be held in the practice. Additional training and information is available on the PHA website.
All vaccinators should complete the e-learning for health module on COVID-19.
RCUK’s expert anaphylaxis group is currently updating the anaphylaxis guidelines for 2021. In light of the current mass vaccination programme they have provided updated information for use in any vaccination setting to give clear guidance to healthcare professionals involved. We have also produced a poster of the algorithm for the management of anaphylaxis in the vaccination setting.
Running a vaccination clinic
Resources for Running a Clinic
Larger or offsite clinics
Our colleagues in regional emergency planning want to ensure that the emergency services, DfI Roads and councils are aware of the locations of larger or off-site COVID-19 vaccination clinics in case there are steps that can be taken to aid the clinics or if you need emergency assistance, for example:
o If you need to seek help from NIAS e.g. anaphylaxis
o If you need to seek help from PSNI re traffic issues or other problems
o So DfI Roads can consider their winter gritting programme in these areas
HSCB would be grateful if you would let your PSM know as soon as possible please about any large or off-site clinics being planned