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COVID-19 vaccines

COVID-19 vaccines have arrived and more are in the pipeline.

This guidance will help to develop your knowledge and expertise. So you can assure members of the public about the safety and effectiveness of approved vaccines, helping them to make an informed choice.

  • Vaccine safety
  • Role of the pharmacy team - including reassuring and educating the public, and signposting
  • Dealing with vaccine hesitancy
  • Dealing with myths, false information and conspiracy theories
  • Vaccinating the pharmacy team - including mandatory vaccination
  • Vaccine Approval process
  • Mode of action
  • Efficacy
  • Vaccine dosing interval - including booster doses
  • Duration of protection
  • Excipients and ingredients
  • Dealing with concerns about side/adverse effects - including anaphylaxis and reporting
  • Use in pregnancy and effect on fertility
  • Use in children
  • RPS Position on Vaccinating healthy children aged 12 to 15 years
  • COVID-19 vaccination programme - including eligibility and service delivery
  • Flu vaccinations and COVID-19 vaccinations
  • COVID Pass/record of your COVID-19 vaccination status
  • Our COVID-19 vaccinations for pharmacists policy
  • Further useful links.

First Published: 23 December 2020
Updated: 19 April 2022

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