Legal Mechanisms for Administration of the COVID-19 Vaccines


We are receiving a number of questions from members working in mass vaccination centres regarding the drawing up of vaccines.

The legislation which allows the administration of vaccines in these centres is a national protocol. This legislation is different to the usual framework for the administration of parenteral medicines (Patient specific directions, patient group directions or exemptions) and was designed to allow anyone with the correct training to administer the vaccine as a parenteral medicine (A national protocol which applied only to influenza and COVID vaccines). Therefore, anyone who is administering in these circumstances would operate under the national protocol and therefore need to operate under the conditions imposed by the law (under supervision of a suitability qualified doctor, pharmacist, or nurse).

Full information can be found here.