Non-registered healthcare professionals will be able to deliver flu and COVID vaccinations under proposals unveiled by the Department of Health.
Under a new national protocol, to be authorised by UK ministers and the devolved administrations, registered healthcare professionals who do not normally vaccinate, and people who are not registered healthcare professionals, will be able to administer a licensed or temporarily authorised COVID-19 or influenza vaccine. This protocol would be written similarly to a PGD.
The proposal, open to consultation until Friday 18 September, makes a number of other recommendations to support vaccination this winter:
- exempt the need for a wholesale dealer’s licence to allow the swift and safe transfer of COVID-19 and flu vaccines, and other medicines for treatment of pandemic disease, for NHS organisations, NHS contracted service providers, and the medical services of the armed forces only
- expand the workforce that can administer COVID-19 and flu vaccinations under an NHS or local authority occupational health scheme so that it also includes midwives, nursing associates, operating department practitioners, paramedics, physiotherapists and pharmacists.