Royal College of Nursing – Vaccination Publications

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched two immunisation publications to support vaccine delivery. The RCN recognises that nursing teams are key to the safe and effective administration of large numbers of vaccinations to those who need them. The overriding principle is: health care professionals involved in the prescribing or administration of vaccines must be suitably competent and have the knowledge as well as the skills to ensure patient safety, and public trust in immunisation is maintained.

The publication can be seen here.

In some clinical areas, it is likely that Nursing Associates will be involved in the delivery of the national immunisation programme. The Health Care Support Workers Administering Inactivated Influenza, Shingles and Pneumococcal Vaccines for Adults and Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV) for Children guidance has been developed as a resource and framework for health care support workers who undertake vaccinations as part of their role. They can be downloaded from: www.rcn.org.uk/publications.