Patient receiving COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccination

This resource is designed to signpost RCN members to the available information, guidance and relevant RCN positions on the UK COVID-19 vaccine programmes.

These include an expansion of the seasonal influenza vaccine programme to include a wider section of the population, with the aim of minimising the risk of co infection with influenza and SARS-CoV2.

Alongside the deployment of vaccines for SARS-CoV2 as they are authorised and made available for use across the UK. These programmes require large scale vaccination to ensure that as many people as possible are vaccinated as soon as possible.

Dame Donna Kinnair talks about how central nursing staff are to the COVID-19 vaccine

Get involved in vaccine delivery

For anyone looking to get involved in the delivery of vaccine programme, see:

Vaccination in the UK is primarily a nursing role. The RCN’s overriding aims in relation to vaccination are to:

  • Ensure members have up to date and evidenced information to protect those most vulnerable to the severe effects of infectious diseases where a safe and effective vaccine is available.
  • Support members to ensure vaccines are delivered safely and protect public trust and confidence in immunisation services.
  • Promote the nursing voice and celebrate the fundamental role of nursing teams to deliver vaccines safely and effectively.
  • Disseminate nationally agreed guidance to RCN members.
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