New laws allowing more healthcare workers to administer flu and potential COVID-19 vaccines have been introduced.
Following a public consultation, changes to the Human Medicines Regulations 2012 have come into force enabling:
- expansion of the trained workforce who can administer COVID-19 and flu vaccines to improve access and protect the public. This will begin with those who already have experience in handling vaccinations but may currently work outside of NHS settings, such as independent nurses, allied healthcare professionals, paramedics, physiotherapists, pharmacists and student nurses and doctors.
- reinforced safeguards to support the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to exceptionally grant temporary authorisation, pending the granting of a licence, for new vaccines and treatments needed to tackle public health threats – provided they meet the highest safety, quality and effectiveness standards and there’s a significant public health justification for doing so
Workforce will be recruited via the NHS Bring Back Scheme to reduce pressure on the current workforce.
See the formal response to the consultation.
Read the latest JCVI advice.
The changes to the Human Medicines Regulations will also clarify the scope of the protection from civil liability for pharmaceutical companies and the additional workforce that could be allowed to administer vaccinations.