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Vaccinations 2018/19

Declaration of Competence from CPPE

2018/19’s Vaccination Services Declaration of Competence has been published by CPPE

The previous two DoC’s for the flu vaccinations, one NHS National vaccination services and the other local vaccination service, have now been merged into one. Therefore, pharmacists intending to provide the flu vaccinations for 2018/19 will only be required to complete one DoC.

Note: If you completed last year’s declarations, you do not have to do another until the 2019/10 vaccination season. If you last completed your declaration of competence in 2016/17 or earlier, you must complete this years DoC.

This year’s declaration of competence documents are published by CPPE, hosted on their site.

Click here to access the CPPE website.

PSNC guidance on Vaccination service DoC 2017/18

New vaccinators

There is also a new requirement for Registered Healthcare Practitioners for supervised clinical practice following training. The steps below are recommended by CPPE to those who are new to vaccinating:

  1. Complete the face-to-face training
  2. Complete the DoC
  3. Undertake a period of supervised practice with a registered healthcare practitioner who is experienced, up to date and competent in immunisation, and should you identify any additional training need during the supervised practice, undertake the further training and then review your DoC

More advice is available on the PSNC website

Final Guidance on Ordering for 2018/19

NHSE has issued final guidance for ordering vaccine for the 2018/19 flu season.

For the 2018/19 season, all pharmacies participating in the scheme should offer the following.

  • The adjuvanted trivalent vaccine (aTIV) for all 65s and over. Given aTIV was only licensed for use in the UK in August 2017, this was not an option for the 2017/18 season. However, the JCVI advice is that this is now the best option for 2018/19 for 65+ age group
  • The quadrivalent vaccine (QIV) for 18 – under 65s at risk. In light of an independent cost-effectiveness study into QIV undertaken by Public Health England and considered by
    JCVI, the Green Book was updated in October 2017 to provide the advice that QIV is the best option for 18-65 at-risk groups in the 2018/19 season. It is also used for the
    childhood programme.

The PSNC and NHSE guidance is very clear – Over 65’s cannot be given QIV instead of a-TIV. If a GP or Community Pharmacist does, they would be asked to justify their decision based on the clinical evidence the PHE guidance is based on.

NHSE has also included an FAQ in the updated guidance. If you have any queries, please check here in the first instance.

Click here for guidance document from NHSE

In light of the updated guidance, you may need to adjust your order accordingly.

If you are having difficulties changing your order, please contact the immunisation team.

For any further queries or concerns, please contact the LPC office.

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